Reigning champion Raul RIOS of Puerto Rico retained his title by the narrowest of margins in the final race of the championship.
If he had not won the race or Rachel LEE (SIN) had registered another bullet, their positions would have been reversed. 2006 North American champion Ivan APORTE and Singapore's Russell KAN were also still very much in contention.
The Singaporean team had been specially invited to raise the level of sailing at the event and with three of their four sailors in the top 10 they certainly did that. Otherwise the leaderboard, with four Puerto Ricans, two ISV sailors and Ard van AANHOLT from hosts Curaçao making up the rest of the 10 Caribbean sailors dominated. Other islands also showed promise with sailors from the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Barbados all figuring in the top 60 of the 204 boat fleet.
In the girls' ranking it was a different story. South American sailors Lucia FALASCA (ARG) and Kamilla SABOGAL (ECU) took open silver and bronze, while the closed North American prizes went to Morgan KISS (USA), Nikki BARNES (ISV) and Christina LEWIS (USA).
In the TEAM RACING: Puerto Rico retained the North American TR championship. For an exciting account of this and much much more, see the excellent Organisers' Website.
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