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Zhik 2024 February Outlet - LEADERBOARD

International 14 World Championship at Flensburger Segel-Club

by Harvey Hillary 9 Aug 2022 16:14 PDT 24 July - 5 August 2022
Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary win the International 14 Worlds in Flensburg, Germany © Christian Beek

Fifty-two International Fourteen from six nations attended the 2022 World Championships hosted by the FSC Club in Flensburg, Germany. After a 12-month delay due to Covid, the Championships faced an additional challenge due to the global costs of containers, preventing USA and Australian fleets from attending. The event showcased the growth of the class in Germany with 30 boats from the host nation, many of whom were attending their first i14 championship.

As a development class, the i14 is well known for introducing new technologies to sailboat racing. This year, the fleet focused more on refinement with no significant innovations. The B6 virtual one design from Ovington was to be joined by a new production run of Hollom 3s built in Germany. Both boats offer race-winning levels of performance off-the-shelf, which will be vital to attracting newcomers to the class in the build-up to Garda 2024.

The number of female helms and crews at the championship was a real talking point. Flora Preisinger (GER), Lauren Laventure (Can), Katie Nurton (GBR) and Angela Denninger (GER) would all be competing for a top ten result. Under-25 Teams from Canada and Hawaii also participated in their first world championship.

Defending champions Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary dominated Race 1 in very unstable conditions. Having engaged shift-o-matic, the team lead from start to finish with Andy Shaw and Rob Stuckett in a solid second and UK National Champions Glenn Truswell & Ed Fitzgerald recovering to third.

Conditions were similar on Day 2, with an unstable, bandy south-westerly making for a shift and position day. Off the line, German National Champions Dennis Gehrlein and Lasse Nielandt showed a good turn of speed before Massey and Hillary took the lead, having mastered the positioning on the course. Shaw-Struckett and Truswell-Fitzgerald rounded in second and third and set out to close the gap to the leader.

Downwind pressure bands created the opportunity to gain or make massive losses. Truswell used this to great effect, closing on the downwind legs and setting up a tight beat to the finish. Massey maintained a loose cover to take the win.

After abandoned racing on day 3, two races were scheduled for day 4. Massey and Hillary again lead at the windward mark, followed by Peter Bromley, Hugh McLaren, Oliver Voss, and Eike Ehrig. Shaw-Struckett made significant gains downwind to take second and put pressure on the leaders at the final leeward mark. A taking battle ensued with Massey-Hillary pulling out to take another win. Behind George Borkenstein and Eike Dietrich sailed brilliantly to work through to third

The day's second race saw Massey-Hillary take a 100m lead at the 1st mark after playing dot to dot with the pressure bands. Behind Voss and Ehrig (GER) rounded an impressive second with Shaw and Truswell. Massey finally showed a chink in his armour and missed a band of pressure to allow Truswell to take the lead, which he maintained to the finish. Shaw and Stuckett finished in third to stay locked in a tight battle for the podium places.

After the lay day and the dangers of the Tiki Bar, the fleet returned to racing with a more stable but still patchy south-westerly. With wind on the edges of the course, Truswell approached the 1st mark from the right, and Massey-Hillary took one more hit into the top left. In the end, the left was stronger, Massey led again, with Truswell second and Voss third. An aggressive gybe set from Truswell and capsize from Vos pulled Shaw back into second and Truswell recovering to third.

Day Six was the opportunity for Massey and Hillary to take the title. Finally, they had to settle for second at the weather mark with George and Jack Yeoman sailing an incredible windward le with Pattison and Tait in 2nd. Having led for a lap, Yeoman positioned himself ready for the forecasted right shift and lost out to Pattison and Massey.

On the next beat, the right shift came in, and Massey again read the conditions best to take the lead. Massey and Hillary took their 5th bullet and the World Title at the line with Pattison in second, and a fantastic third place finish for George and Jack Yeoman.

The final race set up a battle royal between Andy Shaw & Rob Struckett and Glenn Truswell & Ed Fitzgerald - level on points with the latter ahead on countback. Sadly, the forecasted wind failed to arrive before the cut-off time and the race was abandoned.

Overall, the FSC and German fleet hosted an exceptional event. The i14 Class will cost their 2023 Europeans in Lake Como and a 2024 Worlds in Torbole. Foreteens are Forever.

A gallery of photos is available.

Overall Results:

1st Female Helm - Katie Nurton
1st competitor over 50 - Oli Voss

PosBoat nameSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Zog GBR 1565Archie MASSEYHarvey HILLARY111‑2115
2Scrumpet GBR 1553Glen TRUSWELLEd FITZGERALD32‑513413
3Bubble GBR 1569Andy SHAWRob STRUCKETT24232‑513
4Marilyn GBR 1561Douglas PATTISONMark TAIT437‑84220
5Prime GER 91Oliver VOSSEike EHRIG7‑9446627
6Booby GBR 1570George YEOMANJack YEOMAN65‑18175336
7Think Pink GBR 1566Andy FITZGERALDRich DOBSON511125‑13740
8Amazing Maisie GBR 1557Katie NURTONCameron TWEEDLE14810OCS8949
9just in time GER 28Georg BORKENSTEINEike DIETRICH8173‑18111251
10Chimera GBR 1572Pete BROMLEYHugh MACLEAN1012176‑20853
11Pandamonium CAN 621Lauren LAVENTUREJason LEMIEUX15611OCS121054
12Stormtrooper GER 22Dennis GEHRLEINLasse NIELANDT915612‑161557
13aquaholic neo GER 271Michel ELLEKlaas‑Lysander BAGINSKI13DNF911191163
14Smash it GBR 1530Alex KNIGHTIan LODDER1278337‑4467
15Roxanne GER 55Flora PREISINGERJulius DOMROES161614149‑1969
16  GER 221Stephan HEIMRobert SCHMIDT181813717‑2273
17Desmond GBR 1522Adam OVINGTONStewart KEEGAN1120‑2419102080
18Reacharound AUS 651Pete NICHOLSONElliott MAHAR‑23142110221784
19Pat Clifton GBR 1568Liam STACPOOLEWayne BARNICOAT252122914‑2691
20Goldfinger GER 23Henning UCKPer BLOHM21221513‑242192
21Poppet GER 24Angela DENNINGERMoritz WISKEMANN‑27192715211496
22Rosie Bindestrich GER 81Carmen HOLSTEOliver HOLSTE22281616‑3218100
23Touristen Express USA 1205Patrick WILKERSONMichael PACHOLSKI‑362419202613102
24  GER 85Martin KRAUSEWilli BREKENFELDER1713‑28272323103
25Spanish Kiss CAN 593Eric TULKEvan YOUNG2027‑32222525119
26  GER 10Sebastian PRÜTERRobert BROKOPP‑352325212924122
27Dragon GBR 1558Robin PASCALMartin PASCAL2426DNFDNC1516134
28blue tiger GER 25Markus OSTERMAIRLeo TANNENBERG‑342530253127138
29Ert GER 214Jan WITTEJörn SCHULZE‑333229242830143
30Red Footed Booby CAN 620Doug McGHANMatt DAVIDGE3130‑33233329146
31  GER 257Stefan LAHMERSandro MANI2835203430NSC147
32Ocean Republic GBR 1573Peter CROCKFORDKatja HEIN263426DNF2734147
33Max GER 96Bettina MÖLLERJens KULENKAMPFF192935DNC3532150
34Strap‑On GBR 1554Philipp SOLBRIGJames PETTERSON41‑4423263631157
35G Force 3 CAN 618Greg LOFFREEChris PETERSEN371031DNFDNF33164
36Roaring Forties NOR 1524Edward STREETERErik BØRRESEN2936DNFDNC1837173
37MS Jawollja GER 53Georg WRITSCHANTobias PORM‑423141323435173
38Down To Funk CAN 596Iain DORAN‑DES BRISAYMarc de VERTEUIL3038382840‑42174
39Golden Shower IRL 6Jens HOLSCHERAndrew McCONNELL39‑4234294140183
40  GER 265Sören HESSERuth HESSE4440DNF304238194
42Gravity is no excuse GER 204Benjamin BENZNorman GRUCHOW45‑4636314345200
43Double Trouble CAN 619Ian DONALDSONAaron STRAHLE404139DNFDNS28201
44Pussy Galores Flying Circus GER 238Jan MENSEMarvin HAMM494537DNF3843212
45PapaUte GER 90John FIOLKAChristoph SCHWARZ4337DNF35DNCDNC221
46Little Bob GER 8Rebekka DENNINGERFabio PFISTERER483940DNCDNF41221
47QualityLand GER 14Carolin van KAMPENNicolas van KAMPEN4743DNFDNF3946228
48Trinity GER 02Tobias MERKELJan‑Martin LÜHRS32DNCDNCDNCDNC39230
49Volare GER 73Inga THOMASPhilipp KASTELL4647DNFDNFDNS47246
50Adrenalin GER 18Birte SOMMERSebastian von HARTZ5048DNFDNFDNC48252
52Asa Baako GER 253Burkhard ZANDERJohanna BEHR51DNFDNFDNFDNS49259

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