The Argentine crew of Clara Cosentino and Cristóbal Billoch have won the 2009 International Cadet Class World Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Argentino and the Asociación Cadet Argentina.
The Championship was held at the Yatch Club Argentino in Dársena Norte, opposite the Port of Buenos Aires, from the 26 December through to 4 January. The Cadet is a two-person racing and training dinghy for sailors up to 17 years old.
Clara Cosentino and Cristóbal Billoch (ARG) held the overall lead going into the final racing day, after having completed 10 of the 12 scheduled races. Although they had a margin of seven points over the Australian brothers Alec and Samantha Bailey, they had to obtain a good result and could not loose sight of the Australian crew's performance.
The morning's first race was started with winds from the southeast at 10 knots and a slight chop. After various frustrated starts due to many boats crossing the line before the start, it was decided to hoist a black flag (consequently any boat now crossing the line before the starting time is automatically disqualified).
In this start, Cosentino and Billoch were conservative, while the Australian brothers made the fatal mistake of crossing the line early, leaving them out of the competition.
Cosentino and Billoch made a clean race and finished sixth, securing the World Championship before the last race was started. First place in the race went to their compatriots Gonzalo Nandín and Julián Rodríguez Viegas (ARG).
The 2009 World Championship fleet featured 35 boats with crews coming from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Czech Republic. Another six boats from Argentina and Great Britain competed in the Promotional Fleet in a parallel Championship.
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