Thomas and Tuke with a day to spare

Commanding performance for Aussie/Kiwi duo at the 29er World Championship

Saturday July 25th 2009, Author: Jerelyn Biehl, Location: United Kingdom
Australian Steven Thomas won his second 29er World Championship title, but this time with New Zealander Blair Tuke as his crew. The duo carried on their top sailing from the 49er Worlds the week previously pairing up and stepping into the 29er to place no worse than third, and sailing so consistently they were able to stand down and not sail the final two races.

The battle on the final day was between the Outteridge siblings. In the end big brother Nathan with skipper Lauren Jeffries out sailed his sister to take second overall. Hayley, with Iain Jensen as crew, finished third overall just two points behind.

Max Richardson and Alex Groves of GBR were the top placing youth team finished fourth in the Gold fleet while Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen of Denmark won the top placing female team.

The 54 boat silver fleet was won by Americans Paris Henken with Chris Rast as crew, another 49er Olympic sailor in the front of the boat. The Bronze fleet was won by Sinem Kurtbay and Ville Bergman of Finland with the Emerald fleet winners Casey McDermott and Chantelle Boudreau of Canada.

The 186 teams represented 20 countries including entries from Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and United Arab Emirates as well as established European, America, Argentina and the ever strong Australians show the broad reach and popularity of the skiff and acceptance worldwide The 29er is an open class in the ISAF Youth World Championship. This was the largest 29er World Championship it the classes 10 year history.

Gold fleet results
 
Pos Name Sailno R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot
1 Steven Thomas, Blair Tuke AUS 1 1 3 2 2 1 1 1 3 1 (dnf) (dnf) 15
2 Lauren Jeffries, Nathan Outteridge AUS 1727 5 1 9 6 8 2 3 -14 -14 5 4 43
3 Haylee Outteridge, Iain Jensen AUS 34 2 2 6 1 -21 -12 10 1 8 10 5 45
4 Max Richardson, Alex Groves GBR 3 9 5 10 8 2 10 -15 4 4 -21 9 61
5 Pepe Bettini, Fernando Gwozdz ARG 1308 6 -21 5 -17 10 22 4 6 13 6 1 63
6 David O'Connor, Rhys Mara AUS 12 15 16 7 7 11 3 2 2 -22 3 -22 66
7 Kevin Fischer, Glenn Gouron FRA 1634 4 12 1 -21 7 9 -16 13 9 9 13 77
8 Riccardo Camin, Lorenzo Franceschini ITA 35 13 6 -23 -24 4 4 6 10 16 7 12 78
9 Maxwell Fraser, David Liebenberg USA 46 18 11 -22 12 5 7 5 11 12 -20 2 83
10 Judge Ryan, Matt Noble USA 28 3 7 3 -23 (ocs) 18 17 16 10 1 10 85
11 Mark Walraven, Kaj Bocker NED 1715 7 4 14 -15 14 15 12 -18 7 4 8 85
12 Tom Durham, George Hand GBR 24 8 19 18 4 3 5 -24 9 5 18 -24 89
13 Belen Tavella, Franco Greggi ARG 1184 20 8 4 -25 -18 13 14 5 3 12 14 93
14 Hannah Nattrass, Jamie Woods AUS 11 10 9 15 10 9 -20 7 (raf) 15 17 7 99
15 Bleddyn Mon, Nick Redding GBR 4 16 -23 13 3 12 (dsq) 20 8 2 11 15 100
16 Oliver Toole, Hans Henken USA 1734 19 14 16 20 16 6 -21 7 11 -23 3 112
17 German Billoch, Gaston Cheb Terrab ARG 1183 14 13 8 5 23 -24 8 12 -25 22 17 122
18 Nicolas Chateau, Julian Chateau FRA 1395 24 18 12 9 (ocs) 11 18 15 -20 2 19 128
19 Nahuel Martinez, Damian Saponara ARG 1319 12 -24 11 14 17 14 13 23 6 -24 18 128
20 Micael Sielecki, Tomas Ocampo ARG 25 25 15 17 16 6 8 9 -22 -21 14 21 131
21 Mara Agustina Torre, Tomas Wagmaister ARG 433 11 10 21 13 15 17 -22 19 17 19 -23 142
22 Henry Lloyd Williams, Sam Batten GBR 1702 22 20 19 11 13 -23 23 -24 19 8 11 146
23 Justus Schmidt, Max Boehme GER 1665 21 17 -24 19 -22 19 11 17 18 16 16 154
24 Annemiek Bekkering, Miguel Karsters NED 6 17 (dnf) 20 18 20 21 (dnf) 20 24 13 6 159
25 Helle arum Nielsen, Caspar Buettner SUI 962 23 22 -25 22 19 16 19 21 -23 15 20 177

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