Kingston, Ontario, Canada: A light wind day finished off the final series of the 29er World Championship on Lake Ontario for the 29er Worlds. 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 & Loic Ficher-Guillou (FRA) posted a 3rd moving 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 it 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 Antoine and Romaine Screve sailed a stellar day with a 2-2.
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.
Fabulous race organization on land and water by CORK was appreciated by all as well as the friendly town of Kingston and their numerous volunteers to help run a World Championship.
Final results can be found on www.29erworlds.org with photos on Int 29er Class Facebook page.
29er sailors are looking forward to the 2015 29er Worlds to be held in Pwhlleli, Wales, next August.