St. Francix IX from Canada and Fridolin from Finland are the 6mR World Champions 2013 after five races were sailed on the Flensburg Fjord in Germany.
After four days of racing the Robbe&Berking 6mR World Championship, organized by the Flensburger Segel-Club with the support of the International 6mR Association (ISMA) and the Robbe & Berking Yachtmanufaktur, ended off Glücksburg.
World Champion in the Modern Division (built later than 1965) is Ross Macdonald (CAN) and his team with their 6mR St. Francis IX
(CAN 135). With a second place in the final day's fifth and final race of the series he pushed the so far leading European Champion of 2012 Robert Smith (GBR 107) and his Valhalla
to the second place in the overall scoring. In third place was the former World-and European Champion Alba Batzill from Germany (GER 118) with his 6mR Courage IX
. Batzill and his crew were able to cope best with the light and shifty breezes of this last day of racing and could thus improve their position in the overall scoring from a fourth rank to the position of the bronze medalist. Finally it was a very close victory margin as the three leading teams lay only one point apart of each other (17, 18, 19).
In the Classic Division it was the Finn Henrik Lundberg who could decide the championship in his favour. With his 6mR Fridolin
(FIN 12) finishing second in the final race he gained the first place in the overall scoring with 27 points. Second overall was Lars Guck from Norway with Flapper
(NOR 71) ending up on 15th place only in the final race and 29 total points, followed by Eric Jespersen (USA 83) with Llanoria
(31 points). Clear winner of the last race of the championship was Lucie
(USA 55). The night before the well-known light-wind-specialists around Skipper Matt Brooks had organized a great party to celebrate the 83th birthday of their Old Lady they were rewarded with a first place!
On Tuesday the Flensburg Fjord had presented itself quite rough to the 34 competing boats from nine nations, with strong winds and heavy puffs up to force seven, so that according to the class rules no racing was possible. In the morning of the fourth day of racing it was again beautiful and only the plain sea worried the organizing team of the Flensburger Segel-Club. Very swift easterly winds around force two with many shifts meant difficult conditions for everyone and a long day at sea. "We had to keep the sailors waiting for nearly four hours until a light sea breeze was building up
", reported Regatta Chairman Claus Otto Hansen.
In both divisions, Classics and Moderns, only one race each could be finished in due time. Thus the R&B 6mR World Championship ended with a minimum of five races instead of the eight, originally planned. For the competitors this meant that no discard was possible so that they were not able to drop their worst result.
Finally an event ended that will be well remembered! The exceptionally warm and sunny weather provided a nearly Caribbean atmosphere ashore and on the waters. The varying wind conditions from light to heavy air allowed the participants to show all their nautical skills and talents and finally to honor their true champions.
The Robbe & Berking 6mR World Championship will end onThusday with the official prize-giving ceremony.
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