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World Championships 2014 - daily reports

New York Canoe Club Challenge

The Americans retained the trophy. The teams are chosen by the team captains from the best performing helms in the series and three races are run. Each race is won by the team with the winning boat. See Chris Hampe's eye witness report on the forum.

Day 8 Final Race

Mikey takes the gun

The IC class has a new World Champion, Mikey Radziejowski of the US narrowly beating Chris Maas.

The final race was abandoned as it became clear that the wind was above the limit of 20 knots  set in the SI's and still building 10 minutes before the race was scheduled to begin.

With the race series cut to 8, only one discard now applies which had quite an impact on the results below third as many required an addition discard to shed some points after retirements earlier in the series.

The end result is that Alistair Warren is top British sailor with a richly deserved 3rd place after consistent sailing not only at the championships but for the last few years. Phil Robin produced an excellent result coming in 7th, whilst Robin Wood with two retirements suffered from the the loss of the last race with otherwise good results including a win in race 3, came in 9th. Mark Goodchild and Simon Allen in their Nethercotts were able to show a few of the new rules boats the way home by posting consistent results and staying mostly upright.

For the whole team, the regatta has been an invaluable lesson in higher wind strength sailing with a steep learning curve for many in the big waves. The experience gained will be invaluable in the further development of boats, rig and systems design to move the class forward and prepare for the next Worlds in 2017 which will be in either Sweden, Australia or the UK.

Day 7 Race 8

 

The bone yard was used a few times today as the wind speed showed 20-24 knots at the windward mark making a very exciting ride for all concerned. The reaching legs with a large following swell was particularly exciting with the sheer speed and acceleration down the waves being the main talking point in the bar.

The competitors have been treated to high standard daily picture video show of the days activities with stunning action shots at this incredible sailing venue. Apparently takings for beer sales are well up on normal as canoe sailors desperately attempt to  re-hydrate after thrilling sailing on the bay.