Optimum win M30 Worlds

Optimumm wins M30 Worlds
Andrew Palfrey
Guy Stening's Optimum has won the 2008 M 30 Worlds.

Optimum had a ten point day over the three races, which was enough to secure a very solid victory.

Stening who hails from Sydney, Australia is also the reigning Australian National Champion.

Jim Richardson's Barking Mad won all three of Saturday's races to finish second and is Boat of the Day for the second day in a row. Vincezo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino is third.

Onorato who an ISAF Sailor of the Year nominee and is the reigning and three time consecutive Farr 40 Class Champion was a strong challenger for the title, until retiring after a port- starboard collision casuing damage at the start of Race 8 Saturday.

Sydney’s Guy Stening and his team, consisting of Darren Jones (Mainsheet), Steve Maconaghy (Tactician), Tristram Eldershaw (Pitman), Curtis Florence (Bow), Steve Quigly (trim and strategy) and Tim Davis (trimmer), sailing aboard Optimum.

Optimum went into the last day with a nine point advantage over Barking Mad, with Farr 40 legend Vincenzo Onarato in third place overall. Optimum’s advantage was due to some very steady and fast sailing over the previous three days of moderate to very fresh conditions.

For the three races on the last day, the race committee opted to race in the waters of Narraganset Bay, citing concerns over a left-over sea state from yesterday’s 30 knot winds. The racing too place in winds from the west quarter at 7-14 knots. Barking Mad, being a local boat exploited this oppurtunity to impressively claim three wins today, which saw them win the final four heats of the regatta.

Optimum had a ten point day over the three races, which was enough to secure a very solid victory. It was a hard earnt win, with the difference in wind direction between max right and max left being eighty degrees over the course of the racing.

Asked of his expectations for the event, Stening commented 'We came here to win, no doubt about it. Our team has put a heap of work in since the last worlds, where we placed fourth. We are a very close team and we are absolutely over the moon at the moment. This is huge!'

Tactician Stephen McCongahy told Sail-World a few minutes ago 'We sailed conservatively today, We had really good starts and we did what we had to do. A few more grey hairs, but a great day and a great regatta. '

M30 Worlds - Final overall positions

1AUS 7151OptimumGuy Stening1139122723536.00
2USA 65Barking MadJim Richardson72611244111140.00
3ITA 2121Mascalzone LatinoVincenzo Onorato3101131322/DNF411362.00
4CAN 58MummyGeoff Brown291035813267267.00
5USA 707Groovederci 706Deneen Demourkas5647861041713(1)484.00
6USA 35Groovederci 35John Demourkas1452129385118885.00
7USA 691AdrenalinJeff Maludy1231461357695(2)1292.00
8USA 55IllusionJohn Podmajersky11894107912541392.00
9USA 316Team BOLDNelson Stephenson1677141291191326106.00
10AUS 6100Southern SunBruce Eddington811175722/DNF1831511108.00
11USA 316Skiff SailingGino Bottino / Joey Pasquali17161621510141112107130.00
12USA 28Coffee GrinderJeff Gladchun10185151115123161615136.00
13RUS 9SailfishVictor Los20171516414622/DNF7610137.00
14USA 683Turbo DuckBodo von der Wense131988622/DSQ510141914138.00
15USA 21Just Plain NutzNorm & J. Cameron Dean441919191122/DNF22/DNS899146.00
16USA 53SuperflyLewis Perrin1921111014121515/RDG(3)15/RDG15/RDG15/RDG162.00
17USA 630SirenBrian Connolly612181816131613181222/DNS164.00
18USA 27KaizenMoise Solomon/ Scott Baker91312131713/RDG(4)22/DNF22/DNS151817171.00
19USA 56SnookerBrant Russell151513171822/DNF22/DNF14101716179.00
20USA 47VenturesomeBob Zanetti211420202222/DNS1715191418202.00