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19 September 2005, 11:51 am
Anthony KOTOUN (ISV) Crowned Champion
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Basilica J/24 World Championship 2005
Weymouth, Great Britain

The 2005 J/24 basilica World Championship has been won by Anthony KOTOUN and the crew from Jigalo, representing the US Virgin Islands (ISV). 'Coming to the J/24 World Championship, you know that you have to have the best crew possible. I'm lucky to have the best crew with me' said KOTOUN.
'The Race Committee, the venue and the welcome from the town have been outstanding. How many regattas can you go to where in three of five days racings, the 24s are sporting jibs,' exclaimed the new World Champion.

In the last race of the series, under sunny skies and a fresh 24 knot breeze, many of the week's contenders came back to put on a stellar performance. Max SKELLY and his crew aboard Murder Picture (USA), climbed back on the proverbial horse to win the last race of the championship series by a sizeable margin. SKELLY missed both races on Thursday after breaking the rudder in the first race of the day.

Teams from Argentina, Australia and Italy fought for second, third, and fourth at the finish. A redeeming second place went to Sean KIRKJIAN and his Jobs For The Boys team (AUS). KIRKJIAN sustained hull damage during a collision on Thursday. The team worked hard through the night to have the boat back on the starting line for the final race. They were rewarded for their efforts.

Luigi RAVIOLI and the crew from Fiamma Gialla (ITA) also made repairs from Thursday's damage to finish third. Alejo RIGONI driving Luca Vive (ARG) finished a close fourth.

The fleet was awarded many special awards. Ian SOUTHWORTH, Echidna (GBR) was the top UK finisher in 9th place. Tomomi HATAKEYAMA, Gekko (JPN) was the best helm under 30 years old. Antigen helmed by Kirsten HARMSTORF finished 39 and won the Jaeger Trophy for the best finish in an All-Women's Crew. Tim SDHEARD, sailing Jay Kay (IRL) finished 51st with the oldest boat entered - Hull number 191.

The championship event has been spectacular, especially in terms of the support from the Weymouth and Portland area. The J/24 World Championship is the first to be held since the announcement of the 2012 London Olympics. The National Sailing Academy, the staging area for much of the J/24 pre and post-race activities will be the center of the sailing events in 2012.

Final Results - Top Ten

Position Nation Boat Name Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1 ISV Jigalo Anthony KOTOUN 14 2 7 1 5 6 9 3 (20) 47
2 BRA Bruschetta Mauricio SANTA CRUZ 5 10 2 7 8 7 3 6 (22) 48
3 ITA Fiamma Gialla Luigi RAVIOLI 21 1 8 6 6 1 6 (56) 3 52
4 AUS Jobs for the Boys Sean KIRKJIAN 10 17 (22) 13 2 3 7 3* 2 57
5 JPN Gekko Tomomi HATAKEYAMA 2 12 6 5 3 (26) 13 16 8 65
6 ARG Luca Vive Alejo RIGONI (23) 9 13 9 14 23 2 2 4 76
7 IRL Carrabeg Two Stefan HYDE 4 18 (21) 5* 12* 12* 12* 12* 12* 87
8 USA Murder Picture Max SKELLY 1 4 4 3 10 11 (56) 56 1 90
9 GBR Echidna Ian SOUTHWORTH 22 (24) 17 15 4 9 1 4 21 93
10 GBR Roger Rabbit Gavin WATSON 8 8 9 14 9 13 (56) 15 19 95

* Redress Given

Event Media (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Anthony Kotoun On His Way To Victory © fluidfotos.com
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