Javier Conte wins Lightning Worlds

Published on November 25th, 2017

Salinas, Ecuador (November 25, 2017) – After entering the final day of the 2017 Lightning World Championship with a 23 point lead, Argentina’s Javier Conte with crew Julio Alsogaray and Paula Salerno closed out the series in convincing fashion by winning both races to take the title. Completing the podium was Nick Sertl (USA) in second and Raul Rios (PER) in third.

The Lightning World Championship was held November 22-25.

Report from Lightning Class:
Javier Conte and his team of Julio Alsogaray and Paula Salerno put on one of the most dominant performances in Lightning Class History. The Argentinian team, with their victory, became the first team since Tom Allen, in 1961 (the year of the inception of the Lightning World Championship) to hold the titles of North American, South American, and World Champions in the same year.

The trio is a newly formed team, but not short on top level racing experience, with Conte holding an Olympic medal, and the team having six Olympic Games raced in all.

Conte and his team won 6 of the 9 races of the series, also scoring two threes, and discarding an OCS, a blemish from their first race of the series. The newly crowned champions started conservatively, using their speed and tactical experience to work through the fleet.

The young American team of Nick Sertl, sailing with John Mastrandrea and Dylan Farrell scored consistently in the top group and finished the event with only 40 points. Sertl and his team have been sailing together for years and showed consistently good starts and an ability stay out of trouble to notch five scores in the top three.

Snipe World Champion and former college sailor of the year candidate Raul Rios came in third, and with his new team of Sebastian Higuera and Nicolas Deeb, the Puerto Riquen team sailed to third place. Rios benefited from an ILCA outreach program designed to incentivize fleet growth in nations with little to no Lightning sailing; Rios was loaned a boat and sails, and even in new equipment, found great success.

The Argentinian team follows Geoff Becker in winning the Lightning World Championship, and looks forward to their bid for gold at the Lima 2019 Pan Am games. The South American championship, which Conte and his team won earlier this past week, served as the first country qualifier for the Lightning Class at this event, and Conte punched Argentina’s ticket in an effort to defend fellow countryman Nico Fracchia’s gold medal in the Lightning Class from Toronto 2015.

The next Lightning World championship will be held in 2019 in Finland, while the location of the 2018 South Americans is not yet determined.

Final Results (Top 10 of 56; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. ARG15597, Javier Conte/ Julio Alsogaray/ Paula Salerno – [57] -1 -3 -3 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 12
2. USA14298, Nick Sertl/ Dylan Farrell/ John Mastrandrea – 1 -10 -11 -8 -3 -2 -[13] -2 -3 ; 40
3. PUR14677, Raul Rios/ Sebastian Higuera/ Nicolas Deeb – 2 -2 -[33] -13 -10 -8 -5 -4 -4 ; 48
4. USA15507, Ched Proctor/ Meredith Killion/ Charlie Proctor – 9 -5 -2 -12 -2 -12 -3 -[24] -8 ; 53
5. USA15577, David Starck/ Jody Starck/ Ian Jones – 8 -8 -1 -17 -[29] -9 -6 -3 -13 ; 65
6. USA15496, Marvin Beckmann/ James Barnash/ Monica Morgan – 5 -11 -12 -[24] -8 -4 -15 -6 -5 ; 66
7. USA15586, Mark Sertl/ Cory Sertl/ Katja Sertl – 14 -15 -9 -7 -7 -[26] -16 -12 -10 ; 90
8. CHI11011, Alberto Gonzalez/ Alberto Gonzalez/ Cristian Herman – 7 -4 -18 -9 -[36] -14 -2 -20 -18 ; 92
9. CHI15355, Cristobal Perez/ Alfred Sherman/ Alejandro Bacot – 3 -3 -[46] -10 -12 -6 -33 -19 -7 ; 93
10. BRA14893, Claudio Biekarck/ Gunnar Ficker/ Marcelo Silva – 6 -[31] -14 -11 -18 -11 -9 -8 -21 ; 98

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