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23 August 2010, 01:42 pm
Tim Healy (USA) Wins 2010 J24 Worlds
Tim Healy (USA)
Tim Healy (USA) 2010 J24 World Champion

2010 J24 World Championship
Malmo, Sweden

Tim Healy (USA) has won the 2010 J24 World Championships which took place in Malmo, Sweden from 16 to 20 August, hosted by the Malmö Segel Sällskap.
Strong offshore winds disturbed the sailors during the two first races of the 2010 J24 Worlds in Malmo, Sweden. With numerous broaches and capsizes many sailors broke equipment causing them disappointing results.

Matias Pereira (ARG) made the best of the first day, taking the first championship bullet which he followed up with second in race two to secure the overnight lead ahead of Tim Healy (USA) and Stefan Karsunke (GER). The defending champion Andrea Casale from Italy finished the day in fourth place followed by Ian Southworth from Great Britain. One of the most successful J24 sailors and champion of the class Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil struggled on the first day ending up in fifteenth place.

The worst possible conditions for spectators gathered by the Turning Torso building but perfect sailing greeted the teams on day two in Malmo. Light and tricky winds in the first race was followed by broaches and breakage in the second and both were sailed in heavy rain. In the first race of the day, Anna Gunnarsson (SWE) took the lead from the end of the first upwind and won a very convincing victory.

The wind increased for the second race of the day and race four victory went to Tim Healy (USA) ahead of Per-Hakan Persson (SWE), who had a nice start and sailed with good height and speed on the upwinds. Andrea Casale (ITA) came in third and his consistent results put him top of the leaderboard after two days of racing. Pereira follows in second with Karsunke third, Ingham (USA) fourth and Gunnars

With three days and six races completed, Tim Healy moved to the top of the leaderboard after picking up another race win and second place in race six. Healy repeated this performance on the fourth day of racing to consolidate his lead. With one more race day to come Ian Southworth (GBR) held second place.

Two final races were sailed on the final day of the 2010 J24 World Championship and Tim Healy and his tem of G Borges, M McClintock, D Rabin and J Mollicone were not to be beaten, wrapping up their series with another second place finish. The final bullet went to Southworth, the only skipper to really get close to Healy, who finished in the silver medal position seven points behind the Americans. Third overall went to the Italian team skippered by Andrea Casale.

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