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10 July 2010, 03:35 pm
Backes and Jarlegan Win F18 World Championship 2010
Backes and Jarlegan, 2010 F18 World Champions
Olivier Backes and Arnaud Jarlegan win the 2010 F18 World Championship

2010 F18 World Championship
Erquy, France

Olivier Backes and Arnaud Jarlegan (FRA) have claimed the gold medal at the 2010 F18 World Championship in Erquy, France.
Going into the final day, there were only ever going to be three teams on the podium it was just a matter of in which order.

Hugh Styles (GBR) and Ferdinand van West (NED), Team Boskalis had climbed to first place, but lost their lead in the third and final race. Multiple World Champion in the Tornado and F18 and double Olympic silver medallist Darren Bundock (AUS) decided to match race them, which caused a bad result for Styles and Van West.

Ferdinand van West explains what happened: 'We were leading after today's first two races. The committee started a third one only three minutes before the time limit. Darren match raced us and we ended up in the far back fleet." That was extra unfortunate for Styles and Van West, as they had a redress for race 8 and 9, when they could not compete after a collision with a media boat just after the seventh starting gun.

Van West continued: 'That redress is calculated with the average points over the final series, including the discard. We had only scored top four positions since yesterday, which was good for the average numbers. Darren was in third place and could not win the title anymore, but we were in a weak position. One bad score would have pretty big consequences for our redress calculation and therefore our series." Styles and Van West protested against the fact that the calculation included the discard, but lost it.

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Final Results

Diana Bogaard (As Amended by ISAF)
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