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Zhik Moth Worlds - Joshua McKnight claims 2012 title

'Joshua McKnight(AUS3776) 2012 Moth World Champion'    Th Martinez    Click Here to view large photo

This year's Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships came down to the wire and were decided in the final race amid fabulous conditions. Joshua McKnight kept his calm, sailed nearly flawlessly and prevailed over fellow countryman Scott Babbage with two bullets in three races. Rob Gough had a very good last day and snatched third place overall from Anthony Kotoun in the last race.

If Scott Babbage capsizes at the first weather mark then words are not enough to describe the tough, demanding but equally spectacular conditions on a race course. The 'Pelèr', the morning northerly breeze on Lake Garda, was blowing furiously from early on and with a violent storm forecast to hit Campione del Garda in the afternoon, the race committee had scheduled a 10am start. That gave the 60-strong Gold fleet of moths the opportunity to sail three exciting races that saw Joshua McKnight prevail, practically from start to finish.

When the race committee fired the gun for the day's first race, the 20-25 knots of Pelèr and one-meter waves were guaranteed to put a big strain on the sailors and their boats. Both Babbage and McKnight had a clean start in the middle of the line and headed to the right-hand side of the course, as close to the eastern shore of Lake Garda as possible. Babbage was in the lead at the first top mark with McKnight hot on his heels. That's when opportunity knocked on McKnight's door. A few hundred meters after the distance marker Babbage capsized and went for a swim. Not only did McKnight assume control of the race, he stretched his lead and won with ease, ahead of Babbage and fellow Australian Rob Gough who would start his best day in the event.

In the second race of the day, conditions weren't as brutal but no less than 20 boats had to either abandon due to gear failure or opt for the safety of the marina. Without any doubt, the man of the race was Bob Gough whose bold tactical call paid a huge dividend and handed him the victory. On the northern race area, the eastern shore of Lake Garda is usually favored. However, Gough saw a big left shift coming, separated from the bulk of the fleet and seemed like the lone ranger, approaching the first weather mark from the left. The move paid off and Gough rounded the first mark in third place, behind Mcknight and Babbage. He stuck to his strategy and overtook the leading pair while Babbage would snatch second place from McKnight right on the finish line.

As the sky cleared and temperatures raised the Pelèr abated in the third race. McKnight and Babbage were still separated by a two-point cushion and all McKnight had to do was to avoid having two boats between him and his sparring partner. Not only did he achieve it, he had a commanding lead from the start, crossing the finish line in front of Babbage. Rob Gough came in third and snatched the final podium place from Anthony Kotoun who struggled in these conditions.

Sunday's races conclude the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships that saw record-setting numbers both in terms of participating sailors (125) as well as countries (20). Conditions were on the lighter side in the beginning of the event but then Lake Garda delivered and the Moths brought the 'wow' factor back into sailing. The Moths will now fly again in the 2013 World Championship that will take place in the month of October on Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Joshua McKnight(AUS3776) 2012 Moth World Champion! -  Th Martinez   Click Here to view large photo
Joshua McKnight (AUS):

'I'm pretty relieved because a lot of effort and money has been going into this program. I sailed a little bit more consistently when there was less breeze and Scott was a bit more unfortunate in one race where he got a 16th but that's sailing. It's really unfortunate for him. He probably put more time into this regatta than anybody else. I feel kind of bad taking it away from him but at the same time I'm happy and relieved I did it.

It wasn't all easy today. Scott was ahead in the first mark but I had a two-point lead coming into the day so I knew I had to take a lot less risk than he did in order to win. I tried to sail safely and even if he did beat me in the second race on the finish line, I figured it was just one point. Scott and I train a lot in this type of conditions and he's the one that usually gets away and waits for me. So, for me to win in these conditions is really surprising. '

Scott Babbage (AUS): 'I'm pretty disappointed although I'm happy for Josh because he sailed very well. As I said before, we have been training together all winter and it's good to see that training paid off. The start of the week was good, I had a very good qualifying series but I had a bad day in the final that cost me.'

Rob Goough (AUS): 'The last day of the worlds was fantastic with very good breeze and good waves. I had a good day, I sailed around pretty comfortably and I could watch the battle between Josh and Scott. When I came to the worlds my goal was to make the top three. I was eighth coming this morning, so I'm pretty happy. '



SILVER Fleet

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 57, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Fleet

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

Club

Qrank

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

SILVER

GBR

3769

Andrew Richard Budgen

WAC

64.0

(43.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

115.0

72.0

2nd

SILVER

AUS

3781

Will Logan

RYCT

67.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

(6.0)

6.0

88.0

82.0

3rd

SILVER

IRL

3771

Michael Joseph O'Shea

WSC

69.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

(7.0)

2.0

93.0

86.0

4th

SILVER

SUI

3884

Hochmann Marc

SNG

68.0

2.0

10.0

6.0

8.0

(12.0)

11.0

117.0

105.0

5th

SILVER

GBR

3614

Doug Pybus

Queen Mary Sailing Club

66.0

(46.0)

19.0

2.0

14.0

3.0

5.0

155.0

109.0

6th

SILVER

BEL

3915

Galeotti Giovanni

RYCB

65.0

6.0

33.0

(58.0 DNC)

2.0

5.0

1.0

170.0

112.0

7th

SILVER

SUI

3831

Nicola Decarli

Yacht Club Ascona

81.0

13.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

(21.0)

7.0

136.0

115.0

8th

SILVER

FRA

3718

Rezzoug Anthony

ASNQ

70.0

9.0

9.0

(20.0)

12.0

11.0

8.0

139.0

119.0

9th

SILVER

SUI

3752

David Holenweg

CVE

61.0

17.0

5.0

(19.0)

11.0

16.0

14.0

143.0

124.0

10th

SILVER

GBR

3947

Leigh Albrecht

QMSC

74.0

(28.0)

12.0

12.0

23.0

2.0

3.0

154.0

126.0

11th

SILVER

AUS

3905

Phil Stevenson

St George SC

71.0

3.0

7.0

13.0

19.0

(25.0)

18.0

156.0

131.0

12th

SILVER

AUS

3784

Simon John Liddington

Woollahra Sailing Club

83.0

5.0

(23.0)

7.0

16.0

14.0

12.0

160.0

137.0

13th

SILVER

GBR

3870

Oliver Daniel Holden

Hayling Island SC

62.0

8.0

(27.0)

16.0

27.0

10.0

16.0

166.0

139.0

14th

SILVER

ESP

3606

Simon Alexander Fisher

RYA

80.0

12.0

14.0

(21.0)

13.0

13.0

9.0

162.0

141.0

15th

SILVER

FIN

3291

Janne Mikael Uusi-Autti

TP

77.0

15.0

11.0

(18.0)

17.0

9.0

13.0

160.0

142.0

16th

SILVER

IRL

3635

John Chambers

DBSC

84.0

7.0

6.0

14.0

22.0

(23.0)

17.0

173.0

150.0

17th

SILVER

AUS

3938

Alan John Goddard

BSC

72.0

(26.0)

21.0

11.0

7.0

20.0

19.0

176.0

150.0

18th

SILVER

GBR

3674

Neil Baker

Hayling Island SC

79.0

21.0

8.0

15.0

9.0

(22.0)

20.0

174.0

152.0

19th

SILVER

GER

3732

Markus Steeg

SCR/SCNS

63.0

11.0

17.0

22.0

18.0

(29.0)

28.0

188.0

159.0

20th

SILVER

GBR

3730

Jonathan Peats

Castle Cove SC

78.0

16.0

13.0

9.0

(33.0)

18.0

27.0

194.0

161.0

21st

SILVER

NED

3849

Constantijn Weber

wsv muiderberg

73.0

24.0

18.0

25.0

(29.0)

17.0

10.0

196.0

167.0

22nd

SILVER

SUI

3949

Marc Armand Brugger

Club Nautique de Founex

92.0

22.0

(41.0)

23.0

10.0

8.0

21.0

217.0

176.0

23rd

SILVER

GBR

3766

Alex Koukourakis

Eastbourne Soverign SC

87.0

(37.0)

26.0

10.0

6.0

35.0

15.0

216.0

179.0

24th

SILVER

GBR

3711

Dan` Ward

Frensham Ponds

90.0

14.0

(37.0)

29.0

21.0

4.0

31.0

226.0

189.0

25th

SILVER

FIN

2973

Sami Jokinen

HSK

76.0

(58.0 DNC)

22.0

24.0

15.0

26.0

26.0

247.0

189.0

26th

SILVER

SIN

3869

James Cole

Changi Sailing Club

75.0

19.0

28.0

26.0

20.0

(36.0)

25.0

229.0

193.0

27th

SILVER

EST

3937

Sten Mark Bachmann

Rein Ottoson Sailing School

91.0

18.0

20.0

17.0

24.0

30.0

(35.0)

235.0

200.0

28th

SILVER

SUI

3798

Philippe Boris Schiller

sng

98.0

(36.0)

15.0

8.0

25.0

27.0

29.0

238.0

202.0

29th

SILVER

SWE

3793

Magnus Grävare

GKSS

85.0

10.0

(45.0)

28.0

26.0

19.0

34.0

247.0

202.0

30th

SILVER

GER

3843

Carlo Mäge

Feldafinger Segelverein

86.0

23.0

16.0

32.0

(58.0 DNC)

24.0

23.0

262.0

204.0

31st

SILVER

GBR

3837

Graham Richard Simmonds

Hayling Island SC

100.0

20.0

25.0

(30.0)

30.0

28.0

22.0

255.0

225.0

32nd

SILVER

AUT

3888

Resch Nikolaus

Y.C. Velden

88.0

32.0

24.0

(58.0 DNC)

43.0

15.0

24.0

284.0

226.0

33rd

SILVER

BEL

3388

Good Morgan

BRYC

82.0

25.0

29.0

27.0

49.0

31.0

(58.0 DNC)

301.0

243.0

34th

SILVER

AUS

3770

Emma J Spiers

Woollahra Sailing Club

93.0

34.0

36.0

33.0

28.0

(37.0)

30.0

291.0

254.0

35th

SILVER

GER

3399

Harald Steiner

SVD

94.0

27.0

32.0

36.0

(37.0)

33.0

33.0

292.0

255.0

36th

SILVER

SUI

3387

Roberto Dazio

YCA

104.0

29.0

30.0

35.0

35.0

32.0

(42.0)

307.0

265.0

37th

SILVER

FRA

3935

Gavigniaux Claire

ASNQ

89.0

35.0

(43.0)

40.0

36.0

34.0

32.0

309.0

266.0

38th

SILVER

AUT

3202

Doug Culnane

YCW

95.0

30.0

34.0

38.0

34.0

(40.0)

36.0

307.0

267.0

39th

SILVER

ITA

3789

Andrea Biagioni

cdv Erix

103.0

39.0

31.0

31.0

31.0

(48.0)

43.0

326.0

278.0

40th

SILVER

POL

3842

Michal Domanski

 

99.0

40.0

(44.0)

34.0

32.0

38.0

37.0

324.0

280.0

41st

SILVER

FRA

3746

Rotteleur Eric

SPORT NAUTIQUE SABLAIS

97.0

38.0

(42.0)

37.0

38.0

42.0

41.0

335.0

293.0

42nd

SILVER

GBR

3192

Chris Jeeves

MAREC

113.0

31.0

39.0

39.0

40.0

39.0

(58.0 DNC)

359.0

301.0

43rd

SILVER

ITA

3679

Luca Rizzotti

Vela Club Campione

105.0

33.0

35.0

45.0

(46.0)

44.0

39.0

347.0

301.0

44th

SILVER

GER

3788

Nina Zühlke

SCNC/SC4

96.0

(47.0)

40.0

44.0

39.0

46.0

38.0

350.0

303.0

45th

SILVER

AUS

3867

David Robinson

Woollahra Sailing Club

102.0

42.0

38.0

42.0

42.0

41.0

(46.0)

353.0

307.0

46th

SILVER

NED

3100

Koos Winnips

WSV Lauwerszee

106.0

45.0

(49.0)

47.0

44.0

47.0

44.0

382.0

333.0

47th

SILVER

GER

3259

Gerold Pauler

SLRV

111.0

(58.0 DNC)

47.0

43.0

45.0

43.0

47.0

394.0

336.0

48th

SILVER

FRA

3122

Poizivara Frédéric

ASNQ

108.0

41.0

46.0

46.0

48.0

(51.0)

49.0

389.0

338.0

49th

SILVER

DEN

3601

Hans Rasmussen

TBL

115.0

44.0

48.0

(58.0 DNC)

47.0

49.0

45.0

406.0

348.0

50th

SILVER

FRA

3755

Le Houerou Damien Damien

CN Lorient

110.0

(58.0 DNF)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

41.0

45.0

40.0

410.0

352.0

51st

SILVER

GBR

3928

Rob Cage

Bewl Valley SC

112.0

48.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

50.0

48.0

432.0

374.0

52nd

SILVER

GER

3088

Schönberg Jens

SCR

114.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

41.0

50.0

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

437.0

379.0

53rd

SILVER

SUI

3624

Zaeh Martin

RVS

101.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

449.0

391.0

54th

SILVER

SUI

3797

Patrick Ruf

YCA

107.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

455.0

397.0

55th

SILVER

NED

3852

Arjan De Lange

ZW Workum

109.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

457.0

399.0

56th

SILVER

GER

3835

Manfred C. Schreiber

SSC, Schleswig

116.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

464.0

406.0

57th

SILVER

NZL

3773

Read Glen

Y.C. Dunedin

117.0

(58.0 DNC)

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

58.0 DNC

465.0

407.0


Results as of 18:26 on August 25, 2012

GOLD Fleet

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 60, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Fleet

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

Club

Qrank

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

GOLD

AUS

3776

Joshua Aaron McKnight

RPAYC

2.0

2.0

(4.0)

1.0

2.0

4.0

1.0

16.0

12.0

2nd

GOLD

AUS

3

Scott Babbage

WSC

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

(16.0)

5.0

4.0

30.0

14.0

3rd

GOLD

ISV

3596

Anthony Kotoun

VISA

4.0

3.0

2.0

10.0

(33.0)

1.0

2.0

55.0

22.0

4th

GOLD

USA

5

Bora Gulari

Bay View Yacht Club

3.0

5.0

(11.0)

3.0

8.0

2.0

8.0

40.0

29.0

5th

GOLD

AUS

3631

Julian Salter

royal yacht club of tasmania

8.0

9.0

6.0

7.0

(38.0)

3.0

7.0

78.0

40.0

6th

GOLD

USA

3931

Brad Funk

Lauderdale Yacht Club

18.0

6.0

(10.0)

4.0

1.0

8.0

5.0

52.0

42.0

7th

GOLD

AUS

8

Rob Gough

RYCT

12.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

(11.0)

10.0

10.0

55.0

44.0

8th

GOLD

AUS

3900

Andrew McDougall

Black Rock Yacht Club

7.0

7.0

12.0

8.0

7.0

(34.0)

3.0

78.0

44.0

9th

GOLD

USA

3911

Eric Aakhus

Balboa Yacht Club

17.0

8.0

(15.0)

6.0

10.0

6.0

11.0

73.0

58.0

10th

GOLD

GBR

3939

Chris Rashley

Royal London Yacht Club

5.0

12.0

9.0

11.0

13.0

9.0

(61.0 DSQ)

120.0

59.0

11th

GOLD

GBR

3942

Jason Paul Belben

Stokes Bay Sailing Club

9.0

13.0

5.0

(22.0)

3.0

18.0

15.0

85.0

63.0

12th

GOLD

GBR

3836

Simon Payne

HISC

11.0

(31.0)

16.0

12.0

4.0

11.0

14.0

99.0

68.0

13th

GOLD

AUS

6

John Harris

A18L

26.0

18.0

7.0

14.0

(19.0)

17.0

12.0

113.0

94.0

14th

GOLD

ITA

3791

Francesco Bianchi

Club Nautico Marina di Carrara

10.0

15.0

(61.0 DNC)

19.0

12.0

29.0

13.0

159.0

98.0

15th

GOLD

AUS

3833

James Edward Dorron

Manly 16ft Skiff Club

30.0

10.0

8.0

9.0

23.0

23.0

(24.0)

127.0

103.0

16th

GOLD

GBR

3805

Tom Offer

Rock Sailing Club

15.0

16.0

22.0

23.0

(53.0)

25.0

17.0

171.0

118.0

17th

GOLD

GBR

3708

Michael Lennon

Hayling Island SC

16.0

(32.0)

29.0

20.0

20.0

26.0

9.0

152.0

120.0

18th

GOLD

USA

3615

George Peet

Bay View Yacht Club

43.0

(24.0)

13.0

21.0

17.0

14.0

15.5 RDG

147.5

123.5

19th

GOLD

GBR

3804

Ricky Tagg

Hayling Island SC

22.0

30.0

25.0

(38.0)

22.0

16.0

20.0

173.0

135.0

20th

GOLD

GBR

3757

Ben Paton

ROYAL LYMINGTON

24.0

21.0

17.0

28.0

(61.0 DNC)

21.0

26.0

198.0

137.0

21st

GOLD

GBR

3795

Peter Barton

Royal Lymington YC

27.0

20.0

31.0

16.0

18.0

(50.0)

28.0

190.0

140.0

22nd

GOLD

GBR

3916

James Phare

Queen Mary Sailing Club

59.0

14.0

14.0

13.0

(26.0)

19.0

23.0

168.0

142.0

23rd

GOLD

AUS

2

Turner Joe Mothman

Woollahra Sailing Club

6.0

(61.0 DNC)

61.0 DNC

61.0 DNC

5.0

7.0

6.0

207.0

146.0

24th

GOLD

AUS

3783

Warren Sare

Woollahra Sailing Club

23.0

29.0

(44.0)

36.0

31.0

13.0

16.0

192.0

148.0

25th

GOLD

GBR

3979

Robert Greenhalgh

Stokes Bay SC

14.0

(43.0)

20.0

26.0

28.0

31.0

31.0

193.0

150.0

26th

GOLD

GBR

3892

Andrew Friend

Queen Mary Sailing Club

31.0

33.0

28.0

24.0

14.0

22.0

(41.0)

193.0

152.0

27th

GOLD

SUI

3626

Renker Matthias

RCO

32.0

27.0

(37.0)

33.0

30.0

12.0

19.0

190.0

153.0

28th

GOLD

NED

3945

Eelco Boers

WSV Onder Ons

25.0

(55.0)

18.0

15.0

27.0

43.0

25.0

208.0

153.0

29th

GOLD

ESP

3675

Pablo Arandia

R.C.N.Valencia

21.0

35.0

26.0

(61.0 DNF)

24.0

30.0

18.0

215.0

154.0

30th

GOLD

ITA

3901

Peter Stuffer

SVKS

39.0

(45.0)

19.0

18.0

29.0

27.0

29.0

206.0

161.0

31st

GOLD

GBR

3944

Richard Westbury

Bartley SC

37.0

38.0

(46.0)

31.0

6.0

15.0

35.0

208.0

162.0

32nd

GOLD

AUS

3719

Phillip Kurts

Woollahra Sailing Club

19.0

17.0

34.0

32.0

37.0

(38.0)

27.0

204.0

166.0

33rd

GOLD

ITA

3879

Harald Stuffer

SVKS

35.0

25.0

27.0

29.0

15.0

39.0

(42.0)

212.0

170.0

34th

GOLD

NZL

3774

Matt Vincent

Auckland SC

13.0

11.0

23.0

45.0

(49.0)

48.0

44.0

233.0

184.0

35th

GOLD

GBR

3941

Gareth John Davies

stone sailing club

33.0

26.0

38.0

27.0

(47.0)

28.0

36.0

235.0

188.0

36th

GOLD

USA

3844

Matt Knowles

Sail Newport

44.0

23.0

35.0

25.0

32.0

(36.0)

30.0

225.0

189.0

37th

GOLD

ITA

3950

Enrico Fonda

Y.C. Cortina d'Ampezzo

38.0

37.0

41.0

37.0

(58.0)

20.0

22.0

253.0

195.0

38th

GOLD

GBR

3914

Mike Cooke

BCYC

20.0

49.0

24.0

30.0

44.0

(57.0)

37.0

261.0

204.0

39th

GOLD

AUS

3717

Jack Riley Sherring

Southport Yacht Club

29.0

28.0

32.0

52.0

25.0

46.0

(53.0)

265.0

212.0

40th

GOLD

SUI

3729

Philip Käsermann

Société Nautique de Genève

56.0

22.0

21.0

39.0

(48.0)

40.0

40.0

266.0

218.0

41st

GOLD

NZL

3715

Jason Russell

Hayling Island SC

41.0

44.0

30.0

35.0

(46.0)

37.0

33.0

266.0

220.0

42nd

GOLD

GBR

3607

Olivier Vidal

Hayling Island SC

36.0

(61.0 DNC)

61.0 DNC

17.0

54.0

24.0

34.0

287.0

226.0

43rd

GOLD

SUI

3625

Alessandro Fuchs

Yacht Club Ascona

46.0

48.0

42.0

(54.0)

9.0

51.0

32.0

282.0

228.0

44th

GOLD

SWE

3666

Martin Grävare

BRYC

60.0

34.0

40.0

(43.0)

21.0

41.0

39.0

278.0

235.0

45th

GOLD

AUS

3803

Kohei Kajimoto

Black Rock Yacht Club

34.0

(61.0 DNC)

39.0

51.0

39.0

42.0

38.0

304.0

243.0

46th

GOLD

SUI

3846

Psarofaghis Mikis

Société Nautique de Genève

42.0

(54.0)

47.0

50.0

36.0

33.0

43.0

305.0

251.0

47th

GOLD

ITA

3854

Marco Lanulfi

Circolo Vela Arco

54.0

(50.0)

33.0

34.0

43.0

49.0

45.0

308.0

258.0

48th

GOLD

SUI

3622

Fabien Froesch

Société Nautique de Genève

28.0

39.0

(61.0 DNC)

61.0 DNC

40.0

45.0

48.0

322.0

261.0

49th

GOLD

ITA

3912

Stefano Rizzi

Svoc

40.0

19.0

49.0

53.0

(55.0)

55.0

49.0

320.0

265.0

50th

GOLD

ITA

3872

Gianmaria Ferrighi

Circolo Vela Arco

52.0

36.0

48.0

48.0

(51.0)

35.0

47.0

317.0

266.0

51st

GOLD

AUS

4000

Mark Robinson

Woollahra Sailing Club

55.0

41.0

36.0

41.0

50.0

(52.0)

46.0

321.0

269.0

52nd

GOLD

AUS

3920

Ben Newling

WSC

45.0

47.0

45.0

40.0

42.0

54.0

(56.0)

329.0

273.0

53rd

GOLD

ITA

3392

Pietro Sibello

GSFG

47.0

46.0

53.0

46.0

52.0

32.0

(61.0 DNC)

337.0

276.0

54th

GOLD

GER

3594

Frederik Schmid

LSC

50.0

(61.0 DNC)

43.0

42.0

35.0

56.0

52.0

339.0

278.0

55th

GOLD

GER

3684

Sven Kloppenburg

RSV/SCR

57.0

40.0

51.0

47.0

34.0

(58.0)

55.0

342.0

284.0

56th

GOLD

ITA

3855

Fabio Mazzetti

Circolo Vela Arco

49.0

52.0

52.0

44.0

(56.0)

44.0

54.0

351.0

295.0

57th

GOLD

FRA

3830

Andrillon Yann

ASNQ

58.0

51.0

54.0

(55.0)

45.0

47.0

51.0

361.0

306.0

58th

GOLD

SWE

3794

Emma Aspington

KSSS

53.0

42.0

50.0

49.0

(61.0 DNC)

61.0 DNC

61.0 DNC

377.0

316.0

59th

GOLD

ITA

3871

Stefano Ferrighi

Circolo Vela Arco

48.0

53.0

(61.0 DNC)

61.0 DNC

57.0

53.0

50.0

383.0

322.0

60th

GOLD

GBR

3918

Simon Hiscocks

Hayling / wpnsa

51.0

(61.0 DNC)

61.0 DNC

61.0 DNC

41.0

61.0 DNC

61.0 DNC

397.0

336.0


 


 


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