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NILFISK claims J/80 World Championship title

High winds prematurely conclude proceedings in Dartmouth

Tuesday June 19th 2012, Author: Becci Eplett, Location: United Kingdom

A jittery J/80 fleet assembled at The MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by SLAM Regatta HQ in Dartmouth on Friday morning, in nervous anticipation of the two final races of the eleven race series scheduled for the day. The Regatta HQ had been rife with discussion among the crews the night before as to the likelihood of high winds stopping play on the final race day.

Having appraised all of the weather data available the J/80 fleet were held ashore on Friday morning until the Race Management Team were able to survey and assess conditions on the race area in Start Bay for themselves. At 09.30 Principal Race Officer Mike Pearson called back to the Race HQ with the news that a constant wind speed of 33 knots coupled with swells in excess of 4 metres across the race area had necessitated the decision to abandon racing for the day and for the overall Championship Series. An excited round of applause rang around the Race HQ as the assembled fleet congratulated the new J/80 World Champions: Jose Maria van der Ploeg, the 1992 Finn Gold medallist and his crew on board NILFISK: Lluis Mas, Juan Merayo, Hugo Ramon and twelve year old Jose ‘Junior’ van der Ploeg.

The nine races sailed at The MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by SLAM each delivered a different winner: a fact that is testament to the level of competition on the race-track within the International J/80 Class. Van der Ploeg’s team on NILFISK never conceded a single result outside of the top 14 boats during the course of the regatta but nor did he finish a race within the top two. Skilled consistency in crew work, boat handling, tactics and intelligent regatta strategy delivered a World Championship win for NILFISK with a four point lead over the second placed boat, Rayco Tabares’ Hotel Princesa Yaiza and six points over third place Carlos Martinez’ Mapfre.

All 76 J/80s were de-rigged and lifted back on to their road trailers on Friday afternoon along Dartmouth’s North Embankment so that 350 competitors could rush home to spruce themselves up in advance of the Closing Ceremony and Prizegiving Dinner scheduled for Friday evening. The venue for the closing ceremony (by virtue of the fact that the Britannia Yacht Club shared the hosting of the World Championship with the Royal Dart Yacht Club) was Britannia Royal Naval College.

Competitors enjoyed dinner, wine and a fair few tots of SLAMbuca on Friday night in the stunning surroundings of The Senior Gun Room and The Ward Room at the college before moving on to the official Prizegiving Ceremony which was held on The Quarterdeck. Prizes were presented to the top ten boats at the MIQ Logistics 2012 World Championship Powered by SLAM. Several British J/80 teams featured in the role-call: Kevin Sproul’s J.A.T finished in fourth, Robert Larke’s J2X took sixth place, Simon Ling’s RAF benevolent Fund Team Spitfire finished ninth overall and Simon Johnson and Ruairidh Scott’s Joyeuse finished tenth overall.

The largest piece of silverware presented on the night war Rennie and Ruth Miller’s J/80 One-Design Cup which went to Sproul and his team from J.A.T who were the best performing British team at the Worlds.

Special prizes from Allspars of Plymouth were awarded the best performing furthest travelled boat, which went to Andrew Moore’s Tigrina from Hong Kong and to stalwart supporter of the J/80 UK Class, Scott Cole and his team on Purple Haze.

At the Prizegiving Commodore Simon Williams of Britannia Royal Naval College explained how much the college had enjoyed being involved with the World Championship and without need to recourse to spoken word his presence at the Ceremony meant that all competitors were duly reminded what an honour and privilege it was to take part in such an auspicious event in such dramatic and historic surroundings.

Paul Heys of Key Yachting thanked Britannia Royal Naval College, Mike Moody and his team at the Royal Dart Yacht Club, the PRO Mike Pearson, the massive team of volunteer helpers and all of the sponsors of the event: Principal Sponsors MIQ Logistics and SLAM. Supporting Sponsors Baltic Wharf, Brittany Ferries, Coast Graphics and Dart Harbour and Prize Sponsors Allspars, Café Alf Resco, Chandlery.co.uk, Lifedge by Scanstrut, Paul Barclay, Rowbury Gallery and the Royal Castle Hotel.

The 2013 J/80 World Championship will take place in Marseilles, France over 7-13 July next year.

 

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Pos Sail no Skipper Boat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Tot
1 ESP9 Jose Maria VAN DER PLOEG NILFISK 10 9 3 4 6 4 -14 14 7 57
2 ESP8 Rayco TABARES HOTEL PRINCESA YAIZA 18 5 -21 5 8 1 3 19 2 61
3 ESP6 Carlos MARTINEZ MAPFRE 26 8 5.7 7 2 -77 11 2 1 63
4 GBR64 Kevin SPROUL J.A.T. 5 14 8 8 -19 8.7 5 16 4 69
5 FRA15 Eric BREZELLEC INTERFACE CONCEPT 1 -43 7 1 10 23 3 13 5 9 71
6 GBR51 Robert LARKE J2X 2 12 29 14 4 8 4 -33 10 83
7 ESP4 Ignacio CAMINO RODRIGUEZ NEXTEL ENGINEERING 35 10 -77 6 9 6 8 11 5 90
8 FRA24 Laurent SAMBRON EJP 10 16 1 18 -26 3 19 16 12 18 103
9 GBR46 Simon LING RAF Benevolent Fund Team Spitfire 13 3 11 23 11 11 -37 15 25 112
10 GBR50 Simon JOHNSON JOYEUSE 17 22 17 -25 13 2 17 22 3 113
11 GER68 Bjorn BEILKEN PROCEDES DIVA 39 20 15 17 5 5 6 20 -77 127
12 FRA27 Simon Moriceau INTERFACE CONCEPT 3 27 21 19 3 -37 9 28 4 19 130
13 GBR43 Nick & Annie HAIGH SLIGHTLY STEAMY 34 15 24 16 15 15 -48 17 11 147
14 SWE74 Mikael LINDQUIST ROCAD RACING 36 4 -77 27 17 13 2 38 16 153
15 FRA76 Patrick BOT ECOLE NAVAL CG29 1 33 12 12 12 32 35 -77 17 154
16 FRA10 Arthur HERREMAN JUMPER 14 18 -77 11 42 21 30 6 13 155
17 FRA19 Luc NADAL GANJA -49 24 34 20 24 10 15 25 6 158
18 FRA13 Maxime Rousseaux CN St CAST GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTES 7 -58 6 1 46 18 22 40 21 161
19 FRA14 Alexis HENRI VADK ONE 8 44 38 9 34 29 1 9 -77 172
20 GBR66 Henri BOMBY BALTIC -59 2 40 24 29 23 18 31 8 175
21 FRA25 Sebastien Petithuguenin PAPREC 11 13 2 -77 16 45 12 44 34 177
22 GBR47 Steward HAWTHORN J'AI DEUX AMOURS 6 6 20 -77 14 17 55 39 23 180
23 ESP5 Javier CHACARTEGUI HM-HOTELS -45 37 22 30 28 28 24 1 14 184
24 ESP3 Emilio AZOFRA ALCAZAR CARTAGENA 20 16 4 38 10 44 -46 24 30 186
25 FRA11 Brieu LEBEC I RECYCLE YOUR SAILS / COMAT GROUP 33 19 16 -77 35 34 21 18 15 191
26 ESP2 Javier AGUADO CROCS 3 40 7 2 1 -77 77 3 77 210
27 GBR29 Ian ATKINS BOATS.COM 9 23 14 -77 48 24 10 26 77 231
28 GER69 Sven VAGT CAMPAIGN 24 39 13 33 -45 41 32.5 32.5 32.5 248
29 GBR32 Scott COLE PURPLE HAZE 23 35 10 -77 7 77 40 30 26 248
30 FRA16 Jean-Charles MORICEAU INTERFACE CONCEPT 2 38 11 35 -77 26 16 34 13 77 250
31 FRA26 Simon Benaichouche JIMPRESSIONNE 21 62 9 18 50 25 19 49 -77 253
32 GBR34 Gordon CRAIGEN SWALLOW -51 26 26 35 30 38 31 43 28 257
33 GBR78 Ian DOBSON JOSIP TITO 4 27 37 -77 20 77 9 8 77 259
34 FRA17 Jerome PICARD LA CORNOUAILLE J'Y CROIS 48 49 27 13 38 26 -57 34 24 259
35 GBR41 Will GOLDMITH EXE SS Powered by SLAM -59 47 51 19 18 52 53 21 12 273
36 FRA23 Pierre METAIS CHARLY 41 36 63 -77 31 20 33 28 22 274
37 USA75 Gary KAMINS FIRED UP 42 38 31 31 21 -77 45 42 31 281
38 NED73 Laura VROON JOIE DE VIVRE 40 29 46 -77 22 14 27 27 77 282
39 FRA21 Pascal PIC NUMERO J 25 42 57 -77 47 37 36 7 32 283
40 GBR53 Patrick LIARDET AQUA-J 55 69 36 45 -77 7 20 10 45 287
41 DEN1 Thomas KLOK GULDFAXE 28 28 30 21 52 -77 29 29 77 294
42 GBR56 Terry PALMER JUST DO IT 12 31 44 -60 36 51 54 47 29 304
43 GBR48 Allan HIGGS TEAM JUICY -59 48 43 40 25 30 32 35 52 305
44 FRA28 Fanny LE SAUSSE JIBOLIN 46 43 59 29 49 22 -77 46 20 314
45 FRA22 Pierre FOLLENFANT TBS 31 32 41 -77 39 27 39 32 77 318
46 GBR33 Steve COOPER JUNIOR HIGH 15 64 52 22 32 40 44 52 -77 321
47 GBR35 Nick DAILY-HUNT HARLEQUIN 59 59 5 28 -73 42 41 57 33 324
48 HKG70 Andrew MOORE TIGRINA 59 25 55 32 27 48 -63 55 27 328
49 NED72 Edwin SPAANS J-STRING 59 50 47 -77 51 31 7 41 47 333
50 GBR42 Mark GREENAWAY PELOTON 56 45 -67 34 33 57 23 51 44.3 343
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