The race committee reset the course as the wind had begun to shift further South West and increase. The wind continued to increase during the starting sequence and go even further left. Incredibly, on a black flag start, the wind shifted enough where half the fleet near the port end couldn't make the line and had to tack (or gybe) onto port to simply get across in the last 20 seconds. It turned into a spectacular race with 20-30 knot winds from 250-260 degrees, a spectacularly sunny day with not a cloud in the sky and huge 5-6 foot breaking waves.
The top American teams took three of the top five places, with Glenn Darden's Le Tigre team leading the charge to get first, followed by Kerry Klingler on Lifted, fifth was Bruno Pasquinelli steering Tiamo. Not surprisingly, the top Spanish teams Rayco Tabares on Hotel Princessa Canarias finished third and fourth was countryman Carlos Martinez on Peraleja Golf. Barring any scoring issues, the Quantum Racing team with Scott Young skippering were winning the Worlds simply because Pichu Torcida's Ecc Viviendas had their worst race of the series, an 18th, due to a spectacular broach on the last downwind run!
Setting the stage for the last race was the fact that it was still anyone's ball-game to go win and the race committee got the race underway in a steady 20-30 knot wind. Carlos Martinez showed the rest of fleet the way home, planing acrocss the finish line to take the final race win in convincing fashion. Second was Javier Blanco from Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (Spain) sailing Crocs in his best race of the series. Third was Jeff Johnstone on Little Feat, despite sailing 80% of the last run wing-on-wing with main and jib after shrimping and shredding their spinnaker on the set at the last windward mark. Fourth was Glenn Darden on Le Tigre and fifth Pichu Torcida on Ecc Viviendas.
After the dust and salt-spray settled, Pichu's Ecc Viviendas team from Real Club Nautico Santander (Spain) are crowned the 2010 J/80 World Champions, winning by two points over Scott Young/ Terry Flynn's team from Austin Yacht Club on Quantum Racing. Third was Carlos Martinez's team from Santiago, Spain on Peraleja Golf, only four points back with 54 points. Fourth was Jeff Johnstone's team on Little Feat from Ida Lewis YC with 58 points, just one point ahead of Glenn Darden's Le Tigre team from Fort Worth Boat Club with 59 points.