by Bunny Wayt
Guy Stening's Optimum has won the 2008 M 30 Worlds.
Optimumm wins M30 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
|1||AUS 7151||Optimum||Guy Stening||1||1||3||9||1||2||2||7||2||3||5||36.00|
|2||USA 65||Barking Mad||Jim Richardson||7||2||6||11||2||4||4||1||1||1||1||40.00|
|3||ITA 2121||Mascalzone Latino||Vincenzo Onorato||3||10||1||1||3||1||3||22/DNF||4||11||3||62.00|
|4||CAN 58||Mummy||Geoff Brown||2||9||10||3||5||8||13||2||6||7||2||67.00|
|5||USA 707||Groovederci 706||Deneen Demourkas||5||6||4||7||8||6||10||4||17||13(1)||4||84.00|
|6||USA 35||Groovederci 35||John Demourkas||14||5||2||12||9||3||8||5||11||8||8||85.00|
|7||USA 691||Adrenalin||Jeff Maludy||12||3||14||6||13||5||7||6||9||5(2)||12||92.00|
|8||USA 55||Illusion||John Podmajersky||11||8||9||4||10||7||9||12||5||4||13||92.00|
|9||USA 316||Team BOLD||Nelson Stephenson||16||7||7||14||12||9||11||9||13||2||6||106.00|
|10||AUS 6100||Southern Sun||Bruce Eddington||8||11||17||5||7||22/DNF||1||8||3||15||11||108.00|
|11||USA 316||Skiff Sailing||Gino Bottino / Joey Pasquali||17||16||16||2||15||10||14||11||12||10||7||130.00|
|12||USA 28||Coffee Grinder||Jeff Gladchun||10||18||5||15||11||15||12||3||16||16||15||136.00|
|13||RUS 9||Sailfish||Victor Los||20||17||15||16||4||14||6||22/DNF||7||6||10||137.00|
|14||USA 683||Turbo Duck||Bodo von der Wense||13||19||8||8||6||22/DSQ||5||10||14||19||14||138.00|
|15||USA 21||Just Plain Nutz||Norm & J. Cameron Dean||4||4||19||19||19||11||22/DNF||22/DNS||8||9||9||146.00|
|16||USA 53||Superfly||Lewis Perrin||19||21||11||10||14||12||15||15/RDG(3)||15/RDG||15/RDG||15/RDG||162.00|
|17||USA 630||Siren||Brian Connolly||6||12||18||18||16||13||16||13||18||12||22/DNS||164.00|
|18||USA 27||Kaizen||Moise Solomon/ Scott Baker||9||13||12||13||17||13/RDG(4)||22/DNF||22/DNS||15||18||17||171.00|
|19||USA 56||Snooker||Brant Russell||15||15||13||17||18||22/DNF||22/DNF||14||10||17||16||179.00|
|20||USA 47||Venturesome||Bob Zanetti||21||14||20||20||22||22/DNS||17||15||19||14||18||202.00|