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Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor

'SAP 505 World Championship 2014'    Christophe Favereau - SAP 505 Worlds 2014

SAP 505 World Championship 2014 - Mike Holt has spent most of his life dreaming about becoming world champion and today it came true with victory in the final race of the SAP 505 World Championship in Kiel.

Together with crew Rob Woelfel, Holt went into today’s showdown as one of six teams with a chance of winning the title. The British-born resident of Santa Cruz in California had twice gone into the final day of a 505 Worlds only to finish runner-up. 'I don’t think we’ve ever had anything like this though,' said Holt before racing. 'Six teams gunning for the title says how competitive it has been this year.'

SAP 505 World Championship 2014 -  Christophe Favereau - SAP 505 Worlds 2014  

The key decision all week has been when to exit the gate start. The young Australians, Pete Nicholas and Luke Payne, have opted for an early start nearly every race and today did the same. They were joined by Holt, while the other world title contenders waited a few minutes as the pathfinder sailed out to the right-hand side of the course. The two British teams still in title contention, Andy Smith - Tim Needham along with Ian Pinnell - Dave Shelton, started late and found themselves on the wrong side of the first shift. The early starters were doing well out on the left, with Holt and the Australians moving into the lead towards the top mark.

SAP 505 World Championship 2014 -  Christophe Favereau - SAP 505 Worlds 2014  

For the next three and a half laps of the 75-minute race, Holt and Nicholas were engaged in a tight boatspeed duel in medium to strong winds, the Australian boat overtaking downwind but the Americans bouncing back on each upwind leg with slightly superior pace. Holt later commented: 'We felt we were the same pace as the Aussies downwind but we were playing it safe. We didn’t want to push it in the waves. All week we’ve been looking to keep it simple, just do the important things well.'

Rob Woelfel commented: 'Our main focus was to finish in the top three today, because we knew if we did that we’d win. On the last beat we didn’t care if the Aussies won the race. As it turned out, because we were sailing hard, we got them just at the finish, by about half a boatlength.' The Aussies had one more tack to cross the line and by the time they had completed their turn, the Americans had taken the winner’s gun by just two seconds. Holt and Woelfel hugged each other, the culmination of a brilliantly executed campaign that made the most of their high-wind expertise. 'I’ve been doing this a long time, it’s been an ambition for a long time,' said a jubilant Holt.

'There are so many good guys that sail Five-Ohs, it’s very competitive, so very pleased to have done it, and Rob is just amazing.'

SAP 505 World Championship 2014 -  Christophe Favereau - SAP 505 Worlds 2014  

There was no disappointment in the Aussie camp. They acknowledged Holt and Woelfel as the worthy winners. 'We were aiming for a top 10, and anything more than that a bonus,' said Luke Payne. 'Very excited to get second. We were improving the whole regatta and managed to find some really good speed by the end. Now we’ve got to see if we can a world title!' Considering they’re in their mid-20s and this was only their third time at a 505 World Championship, Nicholas and Payne can surely expect to win a world title in years to come.

The battle for third place was the closest, with Smith and Needham making a late charge through the fleet to almost steal the final podium place from the Germans, but Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner’s third place across the finish was sufficient to finish on equal points with the Brits but win the tie-break due to their higher finishing positions during the regatta. Hunger had missed his chance at a record sixth world title in the 505, but another podium finish was a respectable result for a team that has done very little practice this season.

With 173 entries, this was the third largest world championship in the 60-year history of the class.



Preliminary Overall Results

 

Rank

 

 

Sail Number

 

 

Name

 

Points per Race

 

 

Total Pts.

 

 

Net Pts.

 


 

R1

 

 

R2

 

 

R3

 

 

R4

 

 

R5

 

 

R6

 

 

R7

 


1

 

USA 9072

 

Mike HOLT (S) (1968)

Rob WOELFEL (C1) (1977)

 

7

 

1

 

6

 

1

 

4

 

(22)

 

1

 

 

 

42

 

 

 

20

 



2

 

AUS 9074

 

Peter NICHOLAS (S) (1989) Luke PAYNE (C1) (1988)

 

(15)

 

4

 

1

 

5

 

1

 

13

 

2

 

 

 

41

 

 

 

26

 



3

 

GER 9071

 

Dr. Wolfgang HUNGER (S) (1960) (PYC) Julien KLEINER (C1) (1981) (KYC)

 

6

 

12

 

3

 

3

 

2

 

(21)

 

3

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

29

 



4

 

GBR 9088

 

Andy SMITH (S) (1968) Tim NEEDHAM (C1) (1988)

 

4

 

3

 

(8)

 

2

 

6

 

6

 

8

 

 

 

37

 

 

 

29

 



5

 

GER 9135

 

Stefan BÖHM (S) (1962) (SCV) Gerald ROOS (C1) (1967) (RCR)

 

3

 

5

 

4

 

6

 

10

 

(36)

 

9

 

 

 

73

 

 

 

37

 



6

 

GBR 9094

 

Ian PINNELL (S) (1961) David SHELTON (C1) (1968)

 

9

 

10

 

2

 

(12)

 

5

 

2

 

11

 

 

 

51

 

 

 

39

 



7

 

GER 9112

 

Morten BOGACKI (S) (1986) (DYC) Lars DEHNE (C1) (1974) (ZSK)

 

1

 

2

 

5

 

(33)

 

11

 

27

 

5

 

 

 

84

 

 

 

51

 



8

 

GER 8875

 

Jens FINDEL (S) (1981) (KYC)

Johannes TELLEN (C1) (1981) (RSC' 77)

 

2

 

(27)

 

16

 

7

 

21

 

4

 

7

 

 

 

84

 

 

 

57

 



9

 

USA 9080

 

Howard HAMLIN (S) (1953) Andy ZINN (C1) (1973) (NHYC)

 

(18)

 

6

 

17

 

14

 

7

 

9

 

4

 

 

 

75

 

 

 

57

 



10

 

GER 9070

 

Stefan KÖCHLIN (S) (1963) (SVS)

Andreas ACHTERBERG (C1) (1969) (BYC)

 

8

 

8

 

13

 

11

 

(14)

 

12

 

13

 

 

 

79

 

 

 

65

 



11

 

GER 8915

 

Julian RAMM (S) (1983)

Oliver LEWIN (C1) (1985) (KYC)

 

(41)

 

22

 

7

 

4

 

3

 

11

 

20

 

 

 

108

 

 

 

67

 



12

 

GER 9090

 

Christian KELLNER (S) (1967) (HSC) Martin SCHÖLER (C1) (1973)

 

16

 

9

 

11

 

8

 

18

 

(20)

 

6

 

 

 

88

 

 

 

68

 



13

 

GER 9127

 

Ulf PLEßMANN (S) (1966) (AYC)

Hans-Heinrich RIX (C1) (1966) (TSVS)

 

13

 

(15)

 

10

 

9

 

15

 

15

 

10

 

 

 

87

 

 

 

72

 



14

 

GER 9131

 

Meike SCHOMÄKER (S) (1985) (ZSK) Holger JESS (C1) (1963) (KYC)

 

12

 

11

 

(32)

 

18

 

9

 

1

 

27

 

 

 

110

 

 

 

78

 



15

 

USA 9117

 

Tyler MOORE (S) (1972) Andrew BUTTNER (C1) (1976)

 

20

 

16

 

(25)

 

19

 

8

 

7

 

12

 

 

 

107

 

 

 

82

 



16

 

DEN 9121

 

Jørgen BOJSEN-MøLLER (S) (1954) Jacob BOJSEN-MøLLER (C1) (1956) (HS)

 

21

 

14

 

15

 

22

 

13

 

(30)

 

22

 

 

 

137

 

 

 

107

 



17

 

GER 8669

 

Jan-Philipp HOFMANN (S) (1992) (DYC) Felix BROCKERHOFF (C1) (1993) (DUYC)

 

14

 

28

 

14

 

26

 

(63)

 

3

 

23

 

 

 

171

 

 

 

108

 



18

 

GER 9035

 

Ronald ROOS (S) (1964)

Morten ROOS (C1) (1996) (SVWU)

 

11

 

18

 

(48)

 

27

 

24

 

10

 

25

 

 

 

163

 

 

 

115

 





 

Rank

 

 

Sail Number

 

 

Name

 

Points per Race

 

 

Total Pts.

 

 

Net Pts.

 

 

 

R1

 

 

R2

 

 

R3

 

 

R4

 

 

R5

 

 

R6

 

 

R7

 

 

19

 

DEN 9128

 

Nikolaj HOFFMANN BUHL (S) (1992) Henrik BUHL (C1) (1966)

 

25

 

7

 

22

 

(28)

 

23

 

24

 

15

 

 

 

144

 

 

 

116

 

 
 

20

 

GER 9110

 

Tim BÖGER (S) (1963) (HSC)

Markus SCHÖNER (C1) (1968) (HSC)

 

10

 

20

 

34

 

(39)

 

22

 

18

 

17

 

 

 

160

 

 

 

121

 

 
 

21

 

GER 8992

 

Claas LEHMANN (S) (1980) (NRV) Leon OEHME (C1) (1984) (KYC)

 

37

 

(41)

 

20

 

10

 

39

 

5

 

29

 

 

 

181

 

 

 

140

 

 
 

22

 

SWE 8926

 

Ebbe ROSÉN (S) (1953) Olle WENRUP (C1) (1953)

 

47

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

18

 

16

 

16

 

38

 

16

 

 

 

313

 

 

 

151

 

 
 

23

 

GER 9011

 

Micki DAISENBERGER (S) (1984) (DTYC) Tobi BOLDUAN (C1) (1987) (DTYC)

 

40

 

25

 

(47)

 

20

 

20

 

14

 

36

 

 

 

202

 

 

 

155

 

 
 

24

 

USA 9095

 

Macy NELSON (S) (1954) Parry BARCLAY (C1) (1970)

 

33

 

30

 

24

 

36

 

17

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

19

 

 

 

321

 

 

 

159

 

 
 

25

 

GER 9057

 

Kai BERTALLOT (S) (1990) (FSC)

Jan REIFFERSCHEIDT (C1) (1990) (KYC)

 

17

 

45

 

12

 

31

 

(162)

 

DNF

 

48

 

18

 

 

 

333

 

 

 

171

 

 
 

26

 

FRA 9076

 

Xavier BROISE (S) (1985)

Nicolas DES JAMONIERES (C1) (1964)

 

(42)

 

24

 

33

 

23

 

34

 

17

 

40

 

 

 

213

 

 

 

171

 

 
 

27

 

SUI 8954

 

Caroline JACOT (S) (1963) Philippe JACOT (C1) (1963)

 

31

 

(162)

 

DNF

 

19

 

35

 

12

 

45

 

31

 

 

 

335

 

 

 

173

 

 
 

28

 

FIN 9069

 

Jari HAMSTRÖM (S) (1977) Tuomas LAURILA (C1) (1979)

 

32

 

38

 

35

 

15

 

29

 

(162)

 

DNF

 

26

 

 

 

337

 

 

 

175

 

 
 

29

 

FRA 9075

 

Philippe BOITE (S) (1962)

Erwan GROSSMANN (C1) (1978)

 

24

 

19

 

(63)

 

34

 

27

 

63

 

14

 

 

 

244

 

 

 

181

 

 
 

30

 

GER 9133

 

Frieder ACHTERBERG (S) (1973) (DTYC) Wolfgang STÜCKL (C1) (1967) (DTYC)

 

(53)

 

17

 

37

 

53

 

25

 

23

 

28

 

 

 

236

 

 

 

183

 

 
 

31

 

AUS 9037

 

Nigel LOTT (S) (1963) Bob FRANKS (C1) (1967)

 

46

 

29

 

23

 

13

 

43

 

32

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

 

 

348

 

 

 

186

 

 
 

32

 

DEN 9118

 

Jan SAUGMANN (S) (1967) Jakob KARBO (C1) (1973)

 

(162)

 

DNF

 

13

 

26

 

24

 

72

 

19

 

37

 

 

 

353

 

 

 

191

 

 
 

33

 

SUI 8613

 

Ueli MARTI (S) (1965)

Res SCHÜRCH (C1) (1983)

 

22

 

34

 

(49)

 

30

 

35

 

40

 

42

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

203

 

 
 

34

 

GBR 9124

 

Vincent HOREY (S) (1961) Christian DIEBITSCH (C1) (1963)

 

45

 

40

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

32

 

31

 

25

 

32

 

 

 

367

 

 

 

205

 

 
 

35

 

SUI 9096

 

Cédric BART (S) (1963) (CNB) René BETSCHEN (C1) (1964)

 

28

 

26

 

43

 

41

 

34.5

 

DNF

 

34.5

 

DNC

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

 

 

369

 

 

 

207

 

 
 

36

 

DEN 8440

 

Mikkel CHRISTIANSEN (S) (1971) (Aalborg Sejlklub) Mads CHRISTIANSEN (C1) (1968)

 

(56)

 

51

 

40

 

21

 

28

 

37

 

47

 

 

 

280

 

 

 

224

 

 
 

37

 

GBR 9104

 

Alex BARRY (S) (1986) Adam KENNEY (C1) (1990)

 

39

 

37

 

29

 

(64)

 

37

 

28

 

58

 

 

 

292

 

 

 

228

 

 
 

38

 

AUS 9134

 

Michael QUIRK (S) (1957) John WARLOW (C1) (1962)

 

35

 

23

 

51

 

49

 

41

 

(162)

 

DNF

 

30

 

 

 

391

 

 

 

229

 

 
 

39

 

GER 9101

 

Stefan GIESLER (S) (1965) (VSAW) Frank BÖHM (C1) (1963) (ENSFR)

 

5

 

57

 

44

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

33

 

60

 

34

 

 

 

395

 

 

 

233

 

 
 

40

 

GBR 9126

 

Terry Scutcher (S) (1958) Matt HART (C1) (1979)

 

50

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

30

 

17

 

54

 

34

 

49

 

 

 

396

 

 

 

234

 

 
 


 

Rank

 

 

Sail Number

 

 

Name

 

Points per Race

 

 

Total Pts.

 

 

Net Pts.

 

 

 

R1

 

 

R2

 

 

R3

 

 

R4

 

 

R5

 

 

R6

 

 

R7

 

 

41

 

GER 9122

 

Benedikt NORTHOFF (S) (1996) (BYC) Kilian NORTHOFF (C1) (1993) (BYC)

 

26

 

55

 

42

 

(80)

 

36

 

26

 

53

 

 

 

318

 

 

 

238

 

 
 

42

 

GER 9062

 

Jens OLBRYSCH (S) (2014) Johannes BUITENHUIS (C1) (1989)

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

32

 

57

 

51

 

38

 

16

 

45

 

 

 

401

 

 

 

239

 

 
 

43

 

HKG 9055

 

Mark THORNBURROW (S) (1959) Laurence MEAD (C1) (1960)

 

29

 

43

 

(73)

 

60

 

32

 

29

 

54

 

 

 

320

 

 

 

247

 

 
 

44

 

RSA 8719

 

Alexander HAM (S) (1994) ()

Warwick HAM (C1) (1964) (Pretoria Sailing Club)

 

52

 

36

 

56

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

53

 

42

 

21

 

 

 

422

 

 

 

260

 

 
 

45

 

GBR 8963

 

Martin HODGSON (S) (1960) Adrian MILES (C1) (1961)

 

38

 

64

 

54

 

38

 

30

 

39

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

 

 

425

 

 

 

263

 

 
 

46

 

USA 9007

 

Thomas BARROWS (S) (1987) Matthew BARRY (C1) (1985)

 

30

 

21

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

162

 

DNC

 

19

 

8

 

24

 

 

 

426

 

 

 

264

 

 
 

47

 

GER 8975

 

Alexander HOLZAPFEL (S) (1971) (PSVK) Stefan WORM (C1) (1977) (SCR)

 

43

 

46

 

53

 

37

 

56

 

(62)

 

35

 

 

 

332

 

 

 

270

 

 
 

48

 

RSA 8486

 

Peter FUNKE (S) (1985) Thomas FUNKE (C1) (1981)

 

55

 

44

 

36

 

47

 

45

 

(56)

 

43

 

 

 

326

 

 

 

270

 

 
 

49

 

GER 8940

 

Martin KITTSTEINER (S) (1973) Oliver STIEGLITZ (C1) (1963) (HSC)

 

60

 

49

 

27

 

45

 

49

 

44

 

(162)

 

DNF

 

 

 

436

 

 

 

274

 

 
 

50

 

GER 8962

 

Nicolai VÖLCKNER (S) (1973) Andreas SCHMIDT (C1) (1974)

 

36

 

42

 

60

 

43

 

(81)

 

41

 

52

 

 

 

355

 

 

 

274

 

 
 

51

 

RSA 9063

 

James LARGIER (S) (1989)

Richard HUTTON-SQUIRE (C1) (1985)

 

49

 

31

 

(70)

 

63

 

52

 

51

 

33

 

 

 

349

 

 

 

279

 

 
 

52

 

GER 8928

 

Stephan SCHWEIGER (S) (1980) (SCLW) Thorsten KOCH (C1) (1972) (SCLW)

 

58

 

(70)

 

55

 

55

 

26

 

54

 

39

 

 

 

357

 

 

 

287

 

 
 

53

 

FIN 8768

 

Jukka NIEMINEN (S) (1968) (SP) Antti SALONEN (C1) (1977) (HYP)

 

59

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

38

 

59

 

46

 

35

 

50

 

 

 

449

 

 

 

287

 

 
 

54

 

GER 9029

 

Hannes WAGNER (S) (1979) (KYC) Heiko THÖLMANN (C1) (1972)

 

27

 

52

 

72

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

47

 

49

 

41

 

 

 

450

 

 

 

288

 

 
 

55

 

AUS 9028

 

Earle ALEXANDER (S) (1943) () Matthew BOWDEN (C1) (1972)

 

(71)

 

61

 

45

 

40

 

70

 

33

 

51

 

 

 

371

 

 

 

300

 

 
 

56

 

FIN 8873

 

Sampsa HYYSALO (S) (1974) Lauri KÄÄPÄ (C1) (1978)

 

(162)

 

DNC

 

48

 

67

 

42

 

50

 

66

 

38

 

 

 

473

 

 

 

311

 

 
 

57

 

SWE 8945

 

Ingrid SÖDERSTRÖM (S) (1983) Johan CALVERT (C1) (1975)

 

64

 

(74)

 

DPI

 

62

 

62

 

40

 

50

 

44

 

 

 

396

 

 

 

322

 

 
 

58

 

GBR 9125

 

Roger DEANE (S) (1959) Richard NURSE (C1) (1988)

 

67

 

53

 

(99)

 

52

 

83