Australia took the first race with placings 1,2,4 and 5 and race two went to Great Britain A who finished 1,3,5 and 8. The balance continued to tip back and forth as Australia won the third race, finishing 2,4,5 and 6, and Great Britain A the fourth with 1,2,3 and 6. The tension was understandably high as the teams headed into the fifth and final race.
Race five was a perfect final for a great series and there was a great deal of changing of position. Eventually, but Great Britain A came through to win, finishing in 2,3,4 and 6.
The winning team were:
GBR 1506 Mark UPTON-BROWN and Mike PENNOCK, GBR 1517 Victor BRELLISFORD and Damian ASH, GBR 1484 Chris TURNER and Peter BAGWELL and GBR 1503 Andrew PARTINGTON and Ben VERNIERES.
Tonight all the teams will be celebrating at a dinner to be held at the oceanfront Takapuna Boating Club facility. While they wait, team members will be watching videotaped footage of themselves on the big screen, with moans at the capsizes and cheers at the successful maneuvers.
Friday 11 February is the first fleet race, which will be a practice for the official worlds which start Saturday.
Two British competitors sandwich the Australians at the start of the Final with the scores at 2-2 © Richard Gladwell