New Yorker, Alex Roepers has been crowned World Champion after taking 4 from 7 bullets on San Francisco Bay for the 2014 World Championships.
With just one point separating second, third and fourth place, crews were keen to hit the water this morning to fight it out for the big one but the bay didn’t deliver...boats sat on the water for hours before a race officials were fighting against the clock to get one race in and set a course prior to the 3.30PM final warning signal.
International Class President Martin Hill had another successful day on the water finishing with a 2nd place in the last race and maintaining their overall second position on 34 points.
“We are over the moon. We were lying second coming into today and we had a long wait for that race and the nerves were building up and one part of my mind was saying it would be good not to have a race and lock in second but then the other side was saying how competitive the other boats were and that they may have thought we didn’t deserve it. In Race 7, we didn’t have a good start and we were behind our competitors but we had faith in our boat and crew and one by one we went passed them. Very exciting. I wasn’t allowed to look back but it it’s a great feeling”.
Transfusion were keen to get some races underway today to jump up the leader board after their devastating 11 point protest penalty but it wasn’t to be. The Transfusion boys provided the afternoon’s on water entertainment with Will Mackenzie swinging off the halyard in stuntman style before face planting into the water from a fair height.
Enfant Terrible was placed third, Struntje light in fourth, Voodoo in fifth, Kokomo in sixth and Transfusion in ninth. The Australians have proven they can mix it with the best and today it was made official that the 2016 Worlds will be coming to Sydney!
The crew from Plenty were all smiles back at the dock as champagne was sprayed and crew members were thrown overboard.
All participants will attend the Rolex prize giving dinner party tonight at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Provisional top ten after 7 races
1. Plenty, Alex Roepers, USA, 24.0 points
2. Estate Master, Lisa and Martin Hill, AUS, 34.0
3. Enfant Terrible , Alberto Rossi, ITA, 39.0
4. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 41.0
5. Voodoo Chile, Andrew Hunn, AUS, 45.0
6. Kokomo, Jim Richardson, AUS, 46.0
7. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut and Evan Jahn, USA, 46.0
8. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 49.0
9. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 52.0
10. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 60.6