13th World Championship title for Bundock
Australia C2 F18 skipper Darren Bundock picked up his 13th World Championship title this weekend winning the F18 Worlds on Lake Balaton, Hungary. Sailing with Jeroen Van Leeuwenof the Netherlands, the Aussie Tornado Olympic medallist particularly demonstrated his skill in the light conditions.
“I know lots of sailors have heaps of superstitions, but I have never been one of them”, commented Bundock. “But even I am glad to have got the 13th without any sort of mishap, just some really close, good racing. It wasn’t an easy one to win and I think that makes it that little bit more special for me”.
Bundock has now won seven world titles in the Tornado catamaran class he raced at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, four F18 World titles and two ISAF world sailing crowns. “It was a fitting end to 12 months of sailing together since teaming up after last years world championship. Since teaming with Jeroen we have had a virtual winning streak," he continued.
Bundock and van Leeuwen finished the qualifying series in third place and had to fight their way back to the top of the scoreboard at the regatta.
“It seemed every race in the qualifying series was tricky, shifty and frustrating in some way,” Van Leeuwen commented. “Normally we’d have two days of finals but there wasn’t any wind on the first day. So it all came down to the last day and it was a ripper….Lake Balaton at it’s best with 12-15 knots. Just fantastic sailing."
Bundock and Van Leeuwen raced to a 3rd, 8th, 2nd and first to claim the title at a regatta contested by 100 boats and world-class sailors.
On net points Bundock and Van Leeuwen finish six clear of the Netherlands Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij aboard their Cirrus R, in turn 10 points ahead of Italian Wildcat duo Vittoro Bissaro and Lamberto Cesari, while 'Mrs Bundock', Carolijn Brouwer, also sailing a C2 was one point adrift of the podium, sailing with Woute Samama, some small piece of retribution following the collision her boat suffered prior to the start of the recent Round Texel race.
What happened to all the Brit F18 sailors? There were none at all in the Gold fleet (top 51)
Gold fleet results here