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49er Worlds - Outteridge and Jensen world champions

by Jerelyn Biehl on 13 May 2012
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) in front on Zadar City - 49 World Championship 2012 Nikola Sisko
On the final day of the 2012 49er Worlds, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen secured history by taking the win, although under not as joyful times as they would have liked. News arrived as sailors awoke in Croatia that Frank Bethwaite (91), father of Julian and an instrumental partner in the design and continued development of the 49er, had passed away overnight. While many of the current sailors may not have known Frank, they certainly were enjoying his product and more than likely many had read one of his books on high performance sailing.

Two races were held in the morning for the silver and gold fleets and the bronze fleet results stood on the previous days score. Six to eight knot winds mixed the fleet up a bit as last attempts were made to make the medal race. As a tribute, the medal race winners carried a black card in their sails in memory of Frank Bethwaite. Young guns Marcus Hansen and Josh Prebski (NZL) sailed a brilliant medal race to move them up in the standings with the medal race held directly in front of the S.C. Uskok to the delight of the crowds that had gathered on the beach and pier to cheer on the sailors.

Second overall was the team of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) who had incredible speed and amazing ability to pick the right shifts on the water all week. Danish Olympic team members Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang moved into the bronze medal position by having two great races earlier in the day and finishing fourth in the medal race.

Silver fleet was won by Matthieu Frei and Yann Rocherieux (FRA) who maintained a consistent series. The Bronze fleet was won by Jan Hauke Erichsen and Max Lutz (GER).

The medal ceremony was held directly afterwards and began with a moment of silence by all competitors.

Although champions were crowned the Class was saddened by such a great loss. As the sun set in Zadar, friends bid farewell to see each other at another championship and Olympic teams prepared for the Games this summer.





Final Results
























Rank

Nat

SailNo

Total

Nett

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q5

Q6

Q7

Q8

Q9

F1

F2

F3

F4

F5

F6

F7

F8

M

1

AUS

1

104

78

3

-11

4

3

5

2

1

1

2

2

8

6

8

4

1

-15

12

16

2

NZL

2

122

91

2

7

2

-8

7

6

3

3

4

4

19

2

7

1

3

-23

9

12

3

DEN

5

140

106

5

7

-11

7

9

8

2

10

4

9

-23

1

13

12

2

7

2

8

4

FRA

1161

144

106

-12

6

3

2

1

10

6

3

10

8

7

10

4

2

(BFD)

4

16

14

5

DEN

1242

153

116

2

4

12

4

8

1

7

2

-18

5

6

18

18

5

11

9

-19

4

6

NZL

110

159

123

5

5

8

8

10

6

2

-19

10

14

10

7

3

7

12

-17

14

2

7

GER

100

165

123

-18

5

17

3

4

2

10

2

11

13

3

3

5

9

16

10

-24

10

8

FRA

1230

159

127

-15

1

7

8

3

3

9

13

1

-17

15

14

6

16

6

16

3

6

9

BER

1293

188

136

6

1

4

(BFD)

5

16

2

3

7

16

2

15

1

3

(BFD)

14

23

18

10

ESP

1220

192

162

6

-8

1

4

6

4

1

4

2

10

14

-22

14

13

4

19

8

OCS

 


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