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10 June 2010, 10:57 am
Trophies Decided at Access Worlds
2010 Access Class World Championship
Chris Ruston (AUS) pin end start in the Access 303s

2010 Access Class World Championship
Rutland, UK

One final race for each of the five divisions was sailed in a moderate breeze to conclude the Bruce Wake 2010 Access Class Worlds at Rutland Sailing Club.
The winners of the two-person divisions had already been decided before the start. Zoltan Pegan / Eva Mircsev (HUN) had posted four wins from seven heats in the Access 303.

The 303 two-person competition for second and third was still open going in to the last race. Kenji Sasahara / Yumiko Suzuki (JPN) had maintained their second position since day two but their eighth in the final race dropped them back to third overall, while Andy Garcia/Ian McNair (GBR) moved up a place. Eiko Takashita / Reiko Kato (JPN), another of the four Japanese teams contesting this division, won the final heat.

The breeze lightened off a little for the afternoon session in the single-person classes. While Angus MacGregor (AUS) secured his Access 2.3 World Championship by taking another two wins and building a massive 13 point lead, Monique Foster (GBR) and Bruno Pereira (POR) were one point apart but a protest hearing went against Pereira and his sixth was only enough for the bronze medal.

Two other Portugese sailors finished in the top ten, a great result for a country that only conducted its first National Access Class Championships this year. The APCA selected their top five competitors from the event to travel to Rutland to contest the Worlds.

In the Access 303, Zoltan Pegan (HUN) overnight held a single point margin over Chris Ruston (AUS) who was four points clear of Gerard Eychenne (FRA). Ruston finished two places adrift of the Frenchman, but it was enough.

"I was not prepared to take on Zoltan today and risk it all", said the Australian. "I was happy to stay close to Gerard and make sure I held my overall position".

Magali Moraines (FRA) led into the final day from two Australians, Chris Cook and Barry Coates. Cook took the race win, but with Moraines following him across the line, the Championship went to France, with Australian in second and third.

In the Servo divisions, Melvin Kinnear (GBR) had dropped back to third in the Liberty but his win on the final day elevated him to equal points with Wilma van den Broek (NED. The tie break went in favour of Kinnear, with one more win during the week. Vera Voorbach (NED) was third. Martin Waller (AUS) won in the Access 2.3 servo.

Placings for the SKUD 18 podium in their International Series Regatta were also fairly certain as the Michael Cogswell / Liz Foreman (GBR) and Jean Claude Mirc / Gerard Eychenne (FRA) had finished second and third respectively in three of the week's races and had established positions on the leader-board. Rickham & Birrell relaxed a little on the final day, enabling Cogswell & Foreman to post a race win. The French team finished back in fifth place but it was enough for them to hold on to the final podium spot.

Rutland Sailing Club and the volunteers of Rutland Sailability have made competitors welcome and comfortable ashore, and the race management team led by PRO Ralph Tingle has done an excellent job in at times difficult conditions. Along with the UK Access Class Association volunteers, they were thanked by IACA President Terry Peek at the presentations ceremony where the major prizes were awarded by Penny Wake for the major event sponsor, the Bruce Wake Trust.

It was also announced that the next Access Class Combined World Championships will be held at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney, Australia in April 2012.

Results and event information is published on the ACA(UK) website www.accessclass.org.uk

David Staley (as amended by ISAF)
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