It was the final day of racing at the International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships (IFDS), in Florida. The wind cooperated, seven to ten knots, with a few shifts for sailors on all three courses.
IFDS Worlds 2012 logo
It was a short day, with only one race for each class.
Damien Seguin of France, ranked number one overall, reigned victorious on the 2.4mR course with a first place. Thierry Schmitter of the Netherlands, ranked second overall, crossed the line in ninth place and Paul Tingley, ranking third overall, came in seventh today. Coming from behind, fourth overall Helena Lucas of Great Britain placed second in today’s race and tenth place overall Matt Bugg of Australia placed third.
The Sonar race course saw first place overall Aleksander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg Per Eugen Kristiansen team of Norway place sixth today. The French team of Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul / Nicolas Vimont-Vicary , second place overall, crossed the line in fourth place and the third overall British team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel / Steve Thomas came in tenth (tossed out). The first three boats to cross the finish line were from the lower ranks. The U.S.A. team of Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell / Hugh Freund, ranked ninth overall, came in first. The German team of Jens Kroker, Robert Prem / Mainka Siegmund, ranked tenth overall, placed a second and the fourth ranked Australian team of Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris / Stephen Churm followed in third place.
On the SKUD course Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain, first overall, placed fourth. The Americans, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou, ranked second overall, were first to cross the finish line. The Australian team of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, ranked third overall, placed a second today and the fourth overall ranked Israeli team of Hagar Zehavi and Shimon Ben Yakov was third to cross the finish line.
Depending on the outcome of results at Miami’s OCR, several of this week’s winners will be headed to the Paralympic Games in England in July.
The qualifying countries in the different boats are:
2.4mR : Australia, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, Puerto Rico and U.S.A.
SKUD 18: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and U.S.A.
Sonar: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, U.S.A. and Brazil.
IFDS Worlds 2012 website