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Laser SB3 World Championships in Cascais, Portugal - Overall

by Katie Ashworth on 5 Sep 2009 31 August - 4 September 2009

The normal dockside banter was missing this morning in Cascais on the final day of the Laser SB3 World Championships. The lack of chit chat clearly displayed a degree of focus and preparation amongst the crews in anticipation of the final day of racing.

The Race Committee selected race course B for the final 2 races of the Championships, perhaps to the disappointment of some the fleet following yesterdays epic day on race course A. Course B lacks course A’s rolling swell and has, in previous days provided patchy wind conditions.

The fleet lined up for the 1st start of the day but were promptly recalled with at least 20 boats over the start line with 15 seconds to the gun. The black flag was raised for the 2nd attempt and the desired effect achieved with a clear start and no disqualifications in 14 knots of breeze.

Those starting at the pin end of the line benefitted immediately as the wind flicked left just before the start. Those that were caught in the cluster at the committee boat suffered.

Pelican Racing had the best start of their Championship and remained with the leading pack at the windward mark. Mike Budd rounded the top of the course in 1st position followed by John Pollard and Marshall King. The right hand side of the downwind leg benefitted and those that gybed early lost out. By the leeward mark Budd, Pollard and King had extended their lead and set off for the re-positioned windward mark at pace. Again, Budd lead the charge and eventually won the race with a credible lead having stood on when Pollard and King gybed for the final downwind mark. Between these three pack leaders, there was a 90 second gap between the next boats arriving at the mark.

After the end of race 1, the race committee promptly called the fleet back to the line and raised the preparatory signal to start the final race of the 2009 Laser SB3 World Championships. The wind had increased to a fresh 18 knots by this point and Robert Gullan won the start at the pin end onboard Sun Microsystems.

As the fleet approached the windward mark, there was no sign of Burlton. Was this going to be Jacobs and Hudson’s and the crew on Spirit of Cape Town’s moment to attack for the Championship title?

David Cummins onboard Rumbleflurg lead to the windward mark with David Hudson hot on his heels. Sarah Allan rounded in 3rd position and Guy Jackson in 4th. Burlton rounded way down the fleet in at least 25th position and had his work cut out to pick off the fleet and ensure the Jacobs/Hudson duo didn’t extend their lead any further and put an end to Gill Race Team’s World Championship dream.

At the final windward mark, Jacobs and Hudson were the only boat to gybe to the left hand side of the course and set off for the leeward gate alone. A brave decision as Burlton was in hot pursuit. From the middle of the race course, it was had to judge if Burlton had recovered enough. An anxious time for all.

David Hudson took the final bullet of the Championship, with David Cummins in 2nd and Sarah Allan in 3rd. Where would Spirit of Cape Town finish? Had Gill Race Team recovered enough?

Gill Race Team crossed the line in 13th position, unlucky for some, but they were well aware that they had just won the World Championships! Clenched fists were punched into the air. A clearly emotional, and utterly exhausted Burlton staggered onto the dock this evening as the new World Champion of the Laser SB3 Class. Gill Race Team gave a consistently excellent performance and are worthy winners. Congratulations Craig, AB and Adam.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatNatSkipperCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14Pts
13042Gill Race TeamGBRCraig BurltonAdam Healley/Stephen White82272522481321340
23469Spirit of Cape TownRSARoger HudsonTaariq Jacobs/Ashton Sampson/Marlon Jones215513311639246745
33451City of Cape TownRSADavid HudsonNeil Malan/Wandisile Xayimpi/Jamie Waters36711217391114554162
43475ZimmerGBRMike BuddMark Greaves / Sam Gardner151255821210516621468
534653 Sad Old BlokesGBRJerry HillJoe Llewellyn / Paul Kameen912134159324417121073
63047Sun MicrosystemsGBRRobert GullanBen Ainsworth/Pieter Heyn/Maria Stanley77617141311231779575
73558Black Bird/Capital MouraPORFilipe SilvaJoaquim Moreira / Pedro Costa Alemão64181298557143810683
83575Sail Boat Spares.comGBRSarah AllanCharlotte Savage/Michael John Gifford/David Giles4911205310208102418183119
93032RumbleflurgGBRDavid CumminsIan Schenkel/Chris Cousins1410915201461196552672123
103152Team Solent Helly HansenGBRGuy JacksonJorgen Stromquist / James Moore553351879773312105118130
113462In Your PocketGBRAndrew OddieGareth Edwards / Andy Rice5184356344151625141555138
123014Sponge BobGBRMarshall KingMatt Waite / Steven McLean4116201022716810181320316157
133311Selden MastGBRChris JenningsSimon Everest/ Neil Hughston151926411231534677551415162
143401ElseGERFerdinand ZiegelmayerMaximilian Ziegelmayer/Sebastien Ziegelmayer1014161610181914552112211612178
153027Darling AssociatesGBRChris DarlingAlice Darling/Sian McCleave/Alastair Shaw442115142712231214119161723187
163083Bettersoft/Cidade SetubalPORLuis SantosRui Duarte/João Bolina3183111721212826312061328202
173491StengheleITARoberto CaresaniPietro Negri/Giulia Conti122724212116817551319152214202
183048XcellentGBRJohn PollardRobert Smith/Martin Schwartz3755555515655418581517226
193038Cheeky MonkeyGBRIan SullivanTom Mallindine / Chris Noble18APA23,2APA23,2234201731115526241921235,4
203187Phi!NumberITALuca BacciDuccio Colombi/Michele Saleri1920551924292027202415132418243
213506 PORRui Caldas BarreiroDiogo Pereira / Gonçalo Cabrita172582816111429273621282029244
223543Citta di NumanaITAVicenzo GraciottiCamillo Zucconi/Andrea Trani2936172430133116292527122125268
233115QuebramarPORRui BritesGonçalo Esteves/Francisco Neto161110931192644282246555520282
243581 PORPeter StratonFrancisco Garcia/Miguel Pedro452355301432221931331631279287
253523SetePORBernardo Pinto GonçalvesCarlos Empis / Lourenço Empis/Martim Mello132237552940301842173023831298
263082Badger RacingGBRPaul LovejoySam Minns/Fredrik Blencke201755635101113135518555555308
273177Hot PantsGBRMike WoodMike Walker / Ian Martin364030823363721552029192924312
283155FishboneITAGiovanni MeloniMassimiliano Pez/Cristian Ferro302421537274023232631553632315
293203 PORAntónio MelloJoão Mello/João Westwood/Lourenço P. Gonçalves4055132919282824153411274755315
303256Bicasco/Cidade SetubalPORAntónio SantosFernando Faneco/José Miguel Cunha4815142213482738213732224036317
313379Pelican RacingGBRAsh HolmesIan Gilmour / Simon Davies2128362625373325192340303222320
323295RazzmatazzGERSebastian DohrendorfFieda van Belle/Jonathan Griffiths/Frank Geerlings2655232728493239361928253311327
333420ManiasPORJosé Pedro Dias PinheiroAntonio Leal Faria/ Bernardo Dias Pinheiro252653132393435323225323430338
343505 PORVasco PassanhaTiago Malhão Pereira/André Caiado343039DNE5518303145361523113126340
353563Isabella IIGERReinhard SchroederStephan Sorgel/Nico Thielemann393822444233243017293994827349
363150Audi Sunshine GirlsAUSLauren CalderLissa McMillan/Louise Watson/Morgann Stanton5533293249412943244036103019366
373209Trunk MonkeyGBRJoe BurnieDoug Peniston/Mike Austen2335282347353632373033552540377
383139WagopAUSMichael QuirkJordan Spencer / Michael McLean5555324040222526252722293755380
393090Purple DayDreamPORJoão DuarteGonçalo Boto/Paulo Lobo/Christian Bayon221327DNE5526383542355535412335385
403105Dom Pedro HotelsPORJosé Paulo RamadaAbilio Amaral / Pedro Ribeiro da Cunha5534253939254137392838552839412
413438Trinca EspinhasPORLuis FigueiredoGonçalo Lacerda/Nuno Rosa Lopes1129313641453933343555554138413
423111ROFF - SAP ConsultingPORGonçalo HortaHugo Mastbaum / Pedro Rebelo3231343338433836414137353945435
433101CasildaPORDuarte BelloGonçalo Eusébio /Eduardo VanZeller2737333750504349303934552633438
443103ESRIPORPiedade ColaçoDiana Caldeira/Ariana Nunes/Luisa Figueiredo2841553436444547223848363834443
453333Coating TeamITALuca MaitanLuca Zuklic/Manuel Faro3539412533314648444245344237448
463114Clube Millenium BCPPORVanessa BatistaTelma Miranda/Inês Soares/Mariana Freitas3343194548464241384849404342480
473055Rumshack Event ManagementGBRRoger HextonPeter Christie/Christopher Anthony4232384243425555554442333543491
483077SkallywagGBRJames FordRob Day / Nina Day4342403846474450404641374655510
493093Super BadIRLEmmet RyanJames Budd/Anna Mackenzie/Jonny White2455555545261822555555555555520
503411Herdade do EsporãoPORDiogo Corrêa MendesFernando Passeiro / Duarte Pinto Coelho4646554144245540434544385555521
513124Delta QPORGonçalo AlmeidaJoão Lino/Daniel Matias/Elisa Matias4944554651514751454343394541544
523092MergulhãoPORAndré GrayRodrigo Amaral/Filipe Hogan4745554352524846554747424444557
533525EngexporPORFernando BelloAntónio Gois/Francisco Mourão3855555555555555555555555555643
543521Santa MariaPORFirmino MorgadoElísio Lourenço/Luis Rosario5047555555555555555555555555647

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