Aussies win 29er World Championship
Published on August 2nd, 2014
Kingston, ONT (August 2, 2014) – A light wind day finished off the final series for the 101 teams at the 29er World Championship on Lake Ontario. After an hour postponement, the breeze filled in at noon to the class minimum of 4 knots. After three attempts, the Gold fleet was off in 4-6 knots.
Aussie leaders Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton sailed their discard race in the first race while Brice Yrieix and Loic Ficher-Guillou (FRA) posted a 3rd to move them closer to the top. However, the final race found the Aussies finishing 4th to secure the title while the French sailed their discard. Spanish sailors Tania Bonilla and Marc Chapon sailed both their discards in the ultra-light conditions, dropping them to tie for 3rd overall, but losing the tie breaker to Jasper Steffens and Tom Lennart Brauckmann (GER) who didn’t have a spectacular day, but sailed well enough for bronze.
Americans Romain and Antoine Screve sailed a stellar day with a 2-2 to finish 9th overall.
Winners of the silver fleet were Ignacio Varisco & Nicolas Peirano Prat (ARG) with bronze fleet winners Theresa Blumroth & Maria Berking (GER). The top youth team also went to Hansen & Morton (AUS) with the top female team to Carla & Marta Munte of Spain.
Report by class media. Photo by Luka Bartulovic.