Final racing canned

The International 14 World Championships have come to a close with no racing on the final day

Monday July 21st 2008, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
The only people to get wet in Warnemunde today were Archie Massey and Matt Noble, after they were thrown in the water for becoming the new International 14 World Champions. Other teams just below Massey and Noble on the leaderboard were hoping the race officer would send the 90-boat fleet out for one last race, but with the westerly breeze gusting in excess of 30 knots, that was never a sensible option. After waiting in vain for the wind to abate, the last race was cancelled and the championship was complete.

So the Anglo-American Massey-Noble duo were crowned World Champions, thanks to a superlative performance in the strong winds that swept across the Baltic Sea this week, where they won three of the six races. Anglo-Australian partnership Jarrod Simpson and Grant Rollerson took second overall, just edging out Australians Dave Alexander and Cameron McDonald on countback.

With the fleet experimenting with ultra-lightweight PBO rigging in place of the customary stainless steel wire, along with developments in T-foil rudder technology and square-top mainsails, success this week was running the balance between ultimate speed and reliability. Even Massey came dangerously close to losing his grip on the championship when his new rudder gave way, forcing him to complete the week with a borrowed replacement.

For boats that measure just 14ft long and 6ft wide, the modern International 14 is capable of immense speeds, in excess of 12 knots upwind and over 20 knots downwind. The T-foil rudders enable them to be driven harder and faster downwind than more powerful skiffs, and this heady mix of technology and adrenalin is what is driving new sailors into the fleet.

Even some of Britain’s Olympic sailors tried their hand at 14 sailing for the first time this week, with Dave Evans and Simon Hiscocks gradually getting to grips with the quirks of the International 14 to finish 11th overall.

While the top places were dominated by British and Australian teams, the biggest nation in numerical terms is the fast-growing German fleet. Best of the Germans were Olly Voss and Jens Holscher who finished in 12th place. After 17 years competing in the 14, Voss was contemplating retirement into family cruising, but he has been tempted to postpone delivery of the X-99 yacht until after the next Worlds.

Warnemunde turned on a spectacular, high-thrills week of racing in strong wind and big waves. Now the fleet’s attention turns towards the next World Championship will take place on Sydney Harbour in January 2010. With the last two World titles having gone to American and British teams, the Aussies will be working hard to ensure a home victory in their famous harbour.

Results:

Pos Helm/Crew Nationality R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 Archie Massey GBR 1 7 -21 1 1 5 15,0
Matt Noble
2 Jarrod Simpson GBR -12 5 5 2 6 1 19,0
Grant Rollerson
3 Alexander Dave AUS 5 4 -7 3 2 5,0w 19,0
Cameron McDonald
4 Roger Blasse AUS 2 6 6 -12 9 2 25,0
Andrew Gilligan
5 Mike Lennon GBR 4 9 2 4 8 (DNF) 27,0
Andy Rice
6 Martin Jones GBR 13 8 -16 6 4 3 34,0
Neale Jones
7 Andy Partington GBR -30 1 1 15 5 14 36,0
Tom Partington
8 Lindsay Irwin AUS (RAF) 2 8 19 7 4 40,0
Andrew Perry
9 James Fawcett GBR 7 (DNF) 4 7 10 12 40,0
George Nurton
10 Douglas Pattison GBR 14 3 14 5 -15 10 46,0
Damian Ash
11 David Evans GBR 8 13 -20 9 11 6 47,0
Simon Hiscocks
12 Oliver Voss GER -16 14 12 10 12 7 55,0
Jens Holscher
13 Mark Krstic AUS 3 11 18 23 -29 11 66,0
Matt Lowe
14 David Hayter AUS 15 (DNF) 3 8 36 8 70,0
Matt Johnstan
15 Paul Galvez USA 10 18 17 14 16 -20 75,5
Guillermo Leon De La Barra
16 Tom Heywood GBR 11 12 9 31 14 -42 77,0
Edward Clay
17 Julian Pearson GBR 17 16 19 -26 16 17 85,5
Nick Martin
18 Axel Reinsch GER 21 24 15 (DNF) 22 9 91,0
Felix Weidling
19 Katie Nurton GBR 6 (DNF) 10 11 33 32 92,0
Nigel Ash
20 Georg Borkenstein GER 22 22 26 16 -32 13 99,0
Eike Dietrich
21 Chris Turner GBR 36 10 13 20 23 (DNF) 102,5
Adam Ovington
22 Matt Balmer AUS 19 20 23 -36 27 16 105,0
Derek Layfieled
23 Stephan Heim GER 24 17 -25 22 21 21 105,0
Benjamin Blanasch
24 Damon Roberts GBR 20 27 -36 27 24 22 120,0
Alan Roberts
25 Alister Richardson GBR 9 (DNF) 11 13 3 DSQ 123,0
Simon Wheeler
26 Charles Duchesne GBR 34 28 29 -40 13 19 123,0
Henry Maxfield
27 Ron Boehm USA 25 -32 24 17 26 31 123,0
Pete Mohler
28 Stewart Vickery AUS 27 15 33 -37 35 18 128,0
Tim Withall
29 Stefan Ritsche GER 32 (DNF) 27 18 18 34 129,0
Dominik Entzminger
30 Carmen Bernitt GER 28 23 -44 29 25 28 133,0
Olli Holste
31 Bettina Möller GER 23 31 35 25 -41 26 140,0
Jens Kulenkampf
32 Matt Larkin GBR 41 (DNF) 28 41 20 15 145,0
Michael Barnes
33 Björn Frasch GER 39 (DNF) 42 24 19 24 148,0
Oliver Peter
34 Peter Roocks GER 35 19 37 (DNF) 30 35 156,0
Ole Klingner
35 Andrew Penmann GBR 31 (DNF) 34 28 28 38 159,0
Tim Bastow
36 Mark Schuerch GER 36 26 32 -39 38 30 162,5
Edda Thiessen
37 Martin Pascal GBR 40 (DNF) 30 34 34 25 163,0
Robin Pascal
38 Tom Smedley GBR 45 (DNF) 39 32 31 23 170,0
Charles Tavner
39 Kimball Morrison GBR -55 21 40 35 40 36 172,0
Sam Spencer
40 David Edge GBR 38 (DNF) 38 33 45 33 187,0
Lee Arnison
41 Markus Ostermair GER 26 (DNF) 43 38 37 46 190,0
Moritz Klein
42 Dicken Maclean GBR 33 (DNF) 22 21 DNF 39 202,0
Sam Littlejohn
43 Stefan Lahmer GER 47 25 (DNF) 45 47 41 205,0
Götz Große
44 Sven Gräpel GER (DNF) 29 41 51 51 37 209,0
Jan Reifferscheidt
45 Colin Smith GBR (DNC) DNF 31 30 42 29 219,0
Peter Helm
46 Jan-Christian Witte GER 18 (DNF) DNC 46 43 27 221,0
Kai Lassen
47 Philip Strong AUS 43 (DNF) 45 42 53 45 228,0
Jeffre Klemm
48 Daniel Theeß GER 44 30 -58 52 54 50 230,0
Hannes Voigt
49 Adrian Williams GBR 52 (DNF) 52 44 39 47 234,0
Spike Daniels
50 Lutz Scheulen GER 46 (DNF) 51 50 44 43 234,0
Stephan Koch
51 Yasutaka Uto JPN 58 (DNS) 49 47 49 49 252,0
Satoshi Ishida
52 David McGeoch AUS 54 (DNC) 50 55 50 48 257,0
Patrick McGeoch
53 Takashi Shimozato JPN 50 (DNF) 55 53 48 51 257,0
Takahito Sato
54 Marten Lau GER 48 (DNF) 48 DNF 46 40 269,0
Michael Voß
55 Paul Ravenhill GBR (DNF) DNC DNF 49 52 44 319,0
James Ravenhill
56 Kai Kahm GER 42 (DNF) 57 DNF 55 DNF 328,0
Gerrit Schmitt
57 Matthew Critchley GBR 29 (DNF) DNF 43 DNC DNC 333,0
Dion Houghton
58 Kenichi Hagiwara JPN (DNF) DNF 54 54 56 DNF 338,0
Takao Washimo
59 Peter Humpel GER (DNF) DNC 46 DNF DNC 52 359,0
Klaus Wilfert
60 Hannes Weininger GER 51 (DNF) 47 DNF DNC DNF 359,0
Felix Sitton
61 Ivo Gonzenbach AUT 49 (DNC) 56 DNF DNC DNF 366,0
Martina Müller
62 Konstantijn van Empel GER (DNF) DNC DNS 48 59 DNS 368,0
Steffen Kleinevoss
63 Xavier Boileau FRA 56 (DNC) 53 DNF DNC DNS 370,0
Sarah Werner
64 Florian Hämmerle AUT 53 (DNF) DNC DNF 57 DNS 371,0
Manuel Egele
65 Terry Gleeson USA (DNF) DNF DNC DNF DNC 53 401,0
Art Vasenius
66 Eike Ehrig GER 57 (DNC) DNF DNF DNF DNC 405,0
Jan-Martin Luehrs
67 Thomas Fischer GER (DNF) DNS DNF RAF 58 DNC 406,0
Daniel Bühler
68 Tobias Merkel GER (DNC) DNF 59 DNF DNC DNS 407,0
Jakob Havn
69 Michael Krecek GER (DNF) DNS DNF DNF 60 DNF 408,0
Sören Hesse
70 Hannes Renzsch GER (DNF) DNF 60 DNF DNC DNC 408,0
Tobias Drews
71 Dominic van Essen SUI (DNS) DNF 61 DNF DNC DNF 409,0
Simona Saccani
72 Karsten Heinzle AUT (DNC) DNF DNS DNF DNC DNF 435,0
Phillip Sulzer
73 Mirco Wigger GER (DNF) DNC DNC DNF DNC DNF 435,0
Timo Wigger
74 Alexander Müller AUT (DNF) DNC DNF DNS DNC DNF 435,0
Joachim Jenewein
75 Michael Kienzler GER (DNC) DNF DNC DNC DNC DNF 435,0
Inge Gaebert
76 Oliver Sommer GER (DNF) DNC DNF DNF DNC DNS 435,0
Roman Stenzel
77 Richard Thibaud FRA (DNC) DNF DNC DNC DNC DNS 435,0
Benjamin Vernieres
78 Warren McArthur USA (DNC) DNC DNF DNF DNC DNC 435,0
Moritz Wiskemann
79 James Allan GBR (DNF) DNF DNC DNF DNC DNC 435,0
Aron Wellband
80 Alex Smith GBR (DNF) DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC 435,0
George Cooke
81 Jürgen Buetow GER (DNC) DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC 435,0
Yvonne (US) Galvez-Haeusler
82 Peter Lloyd GBR (DNC) DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC 435,0
Richard Parslow
83 Sönke Hölter GER (DNF) DNC DNC DNS DNC DNC 435,0
Olaf Hölter
84 Jörn Schulze GER (DNF) DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC 435,0
Sebastian Ladwig
85 Sylvia Welker GER (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 435,0
David Welker
86 Helmut Jordan GER (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 435,0
Fiona Jordan

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