Such was his excitement, TINGLEY commented on coming ashore: "First I want to say I love China and I love sailing in Qingdao! I am in shock - I've never won anything this big before." However, he did win bronze as a crew of the Paralympic Sonar team at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.
The Canadian commented on his gold medal winning performance in race ten: "I knew whoever won the last race was probably going to win the regatta. I had to make a hard choice in the last race whether to go left or right. I chose right and thankfully the wind filled in on that side."
RUF, who appeared to be TINGLEY'S main challenger throughout the series, trailed the three over the line in race ten, disappointed the gold had slipped from his grasp after scoring a pair of fourth places, but knowing he had given his best in the extremely high-calibre fleet.
However, silver medallist SEGUIN was thrilled with his comeback: "I am really happy about finally coming out as the silver medallist because I dove down too deep in some of my previous races. I was a bit unlucky in the middle part of the series because the wind was light and shifty and I dropped from lead positions, but today I was lucky," he enthused.
Big names filled the next three places too: Heiko KRÖGER (GER), the Sydney 2000 Paralympic gold medallist, Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) the Athens bronze medallist, and Sydney 2000 silver medallist Jens Als ANDERSEN (DEN) finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in what was an enthralling series from start to end.