Delta was at 9:55am this morning and the fleets made their way out to the racecourse for the last time for the 2015 World Championships.  With wind speeds of 2 knots Race Committee started Gold Fleet on their first race of the day.  By the time the leading boat made it halfway up the first leg and Silver Fleet sat on the start line, the race was abandoned as the wind disappeared once again.  Everyone waited until around 2pm for an improvement in conditions but Race Committee called it and all competitors returned to the marina.  It’s a factor completely out of anyone’s control, uncharacteristic of the area at this time of year, and has caused much frustration during this event.

There were enough fleet races throughout the week, however, to announce that 14-year-old Rok Verderber of Slovenia [SLO 2307] is the 2015 IODA World Champion! Verderber won with 18 points followed by Singapore’s 13-year-old Jodie Lai [SIN 117] with 41 points and Norway’s 14-year-old Mathias Berthet [NOR 3819] with 58 points.  Rankings were incredibly close from 3rd place with Argentina’s 13-yer-old Dante Cittadini not far behind Berthet with 60 points, Australia’s Otto Henry with 62 points, and Italy’s Demetrio Sposato with 64 points.  Thank you SailingNet.com for keeping everyone up-to-date!

It has been a long and testing week but the overall feeling is that it was fair and competitors are satisfied with the results.  275 sailors competed from 58 countries around the World; this is more than the Olympics for a single class. The event closes this evening with a prize giving in the town square.  The energy is positive as we get to the end, people pack-up for the last time, and say their good-byes.  See you at the next event?

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