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1 October 2012, 09:41 am
Hungarians Cruise To Flying Dutchman World Title
Hungarian Victors
Hungarian Victors

International Flying Dutchman World Championship
Santa Cruz, USA

Hungary's Szabolcs Majthényi and András Domokos took the 2012 Flying Dutchman World title on 30 September having wrapped up the top honours with a day to spare.
With gold in the bag the pair headed into the final day without any nerves or worries, but for those below them, the race for second and third was on.

The fleet got away for a clean start in Race 9 with 8 knots of wind and a slight chop testing the 43-boat fleet.

Nicola & Francesco Vespasiani (ITA) got off to a fantastic start at the pin end but many of the fleet tacked off to the favoured starboard side of the course. At the first mark, Andrew McKee & Mathew Bismark in (NZL) had established a comfortable lead over the second team - Enno Krammer & Ard Geelkerken (NED) who needed to finish in the top four ahead of Kay-Uwe Lüdtke and Kai Schäfers (GER) to take second overall.

The local team Philippe Khan crewed by Steve Bourdow (USA), Olympic silver medal winning Flying Dutchman crew at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, used their local knowledge and skill to round the first windward mark in third place followed by Majthényi & Domokos.

Down the fleet places were being won and lost, some boats capsized in the Santa Cruz swell which can roll boats in on a reach.

By the end of the second beat, the first four places remained unchanged. Nicola & Francesco were in fifth place and some of the other American teams were revelling in the conditions with Lin Robson & Adriaan Schmal and Tim Sayles & Matthias Kennerknec rounding sixth and seventh.

Within a hundred metres of the finish Krammer & Geelkerken managed to find some extra speed and rolled over McKee & Bismark to win the final race and secure second place overall.

The second place pulled Kiwis up to fifth place overall displacing Peggy & Torsten Bahr who retired from the race and finished sixth overall.

World Champions Majthényi & Domokos finished third but had already secured first overall before the start of the race.

Top Five
1. Szabolcs Majthényi & András Domokos (HUN) 15 pts
2. Enno Krammer & Ard Geelkerken (NED) 18 pts
3. Kay-Uwe Lüdtke/Kai Schäfers (GER) 21 pts
4. Nicola & Francesco Vespasiani (ITA) 34 pts
5. Andrew McKee & Mathew Bismark (NZL) 47 pts

Full results
Richard Phillips (As Amended by ISAF)
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