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14 July 2008, 12:48 pm
Spain's RODRIGUEZ Crowned New J/80 World Champion
Action from the Worlds
Action from the Worlds

Tutima J/80 World Championship 2008
Kiel, Germany

The winner of the Tutima J/80 Worlds comes from Spain as Ignacio Camino RODRIGUEZ and his Nextel Engineering crew took the title despite being black flagged in the last race.
With a two-point advantage ahead, Ignacio Camino RODRIGUEZ saved his lead and was happy that race officer Mandus FREESE did not start the 12th race because of strong winds. At the end of all of the three previous days of the Tutima J/80 Worlds the Spanish team had led the daily rankings and that is where RODRIGUEZ and crew Alberdo GOMEZ, Jose LUIS and Armando GUTIERREZ finished the regatta. First time skippering a J/80 in the Worlds was the president of the J/80 Class, Jeff JOHNSTONE (USA), who sailed into second place, just two points behind the winner. With the boat chartered from a German trader and equipped with sails of the Kiel sail makers Faber and Münker the 48-year-old sailor needed a couple of races to get used to the conditions in Kiel, but finished the regatta strongly. Another Spanish team, head by Carlos MARTINEZ, took third overall.

The fleet of 63 boats and crews from 12 nations was dominated by, besides the Spanish crews, teams from France, Great Britain and Sweden in the top ten of the fleet. French sailor Patrick BOT scored four bullets but inconsistency cost him a place on the podium and the team came in fourth overall. Kevin SPROUL (GBR) sailed himself into fifth place overall.

The hosts of the Tutima J/80 Worlds Uli MÜNKER and Peter HECHT finished as best German team in ninth place overall.

"We always had nice conditions here in Kiel, winds between 10 and 20 knots all the time and very seldom a strong rain shower. With a total of 11 races we could deliver a perfect performance", said head of organization, Thore HANSEN.

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