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7 July 2010, 09:34 am
Ashby Claims Seventh A-Cat World Title
Glenn Ashby
Glenn Ashby Wins His Seventh A-Cat World Title

A-Class Catamaran World Championship
Cesenatico, Italy

Australia's Glenn Ashby won his seventh A Class World Championships, on the Adriatic in Cesenatico Italy, from a fleet of 100 entries.
It was an all-Australian podium as Glenn Ashby won from the Australian A Cat champion Steve Brewin and in third place was Darwin sailor Jack Benson. Ashby took an impressive five bullets in the eight race series and didn't count a race finish lower than fourth.

The final races took place on another extremely light day with the wind finally lifting to 4-5 knots. Ashby had a two point lead over fellow Aussie Steve Brewin so it was all to play for.

Rather than attempting to cover his rivals, Ashby chose to sail his own race starting at the pin end. He had a clear start and was first at the top mark with Brewin back in fourth place. Brewin closed and was able to climb up into second place but fell back to third again, while Ashby held his lead drifting over the finish line to take out the World Championships.

Whilst Ashby and his fellow Australian's are used to heavier conditions, this 2010 championship was sailed almost completely in light wind conditions and Ashby this week used sails which would have seen him seriously overpowered in the kinds of conditions that prevailed when he won the 2009 A Cat Worlds on Lake Macquarie, Australia.

Ashby said 'I accepted early, that light wind was what the weather gods had dealt us and put my head into light weather racing'.

He continued. 'It was super tough mentally today in extremely soft wind conditions. I'm very relieved to have gone the right way in the first upwind to defend my lead.

'Congratulations to Stevie (Brewin) and Jack (Benson) for a great regatta. I will pack up now and look forward to the Formula 18 World Championships which start next week, with James Spithill. I am really happy and stoked with the win.'

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