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Historic victiry for China as Dongfeng arrives first into Sanya

Posted on 27 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Dongfeng Race Team] It was an unbelievable end to a magnificent leg for Dongfeng Race Team. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place as the sun rose over Sanya (23:31:38 UTC) in a time of 23 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 38 seconds.

This is the first time in history a Chinese team (or any Chinese sailor) has won a leg in the Volvo Ocean Race’s 41-year history. And what a leg to win supported by its Chinese partners – Dong Feng meaning wind from the east, Aeolus (Fong Shen) meaning the Wind Guardian and the City of Shiyan.

The reality is that it couldn’t have been scripted better. The Chinese team with two Chinese rookie sailors onboard – Liu Xue (Black) and Cheng Ying Kit – showed unparalleled grit and determination and led the entire fleet of some of the world’s best offshore sailors to their home country China. With the ambition to ‘bring offshore sailing to China’ nobody could have predicted the impact this team would have.

January 27, 2015. Dongfeng Race Team arrives in Sanya in first position, leader of Leg 3 after 23 days of sailing. Victor Fraile/Volvo Ocean Race

January 27, 2015. Dongfeng Race Team arrives in Sanya in first position, leader of Leg 3 after 23 days of sailing. Victor Fraile/Volvo Ocean Race

Arriving at the pontoon in Serenity Marina, Charles Caudrelier said: “It was the most stressful race of my life. We take the lead on the first day and we had to keep it because we had to arrive first here because it was very important for me and for the project, so we are so proud. One year ago we were here and we were discovering the Chinese sailors who were rookies and now they win the leg – it’s just fantastic. Maybe in the first time in offshore sailing something like this has happened – in just one year these guys have become great sailors. I am so proud, this is everything I wanted but I didn’t dare think about. It’s a team job and you cannot win a leg without a strong team.”

There were moments of panic where the chasing pack were catching up and the lead did diminish (from 106 miles to 9 miles at one point). In just under 24 days and racing more than 5,000 nautical miles, Dongfeng held their position. It’s the longest time any team has led the fleet since the start of the race back in Alicante in October, which is no surprise as the determination onboard Dongfeng was almost tangible as the teams left for Sanya. Dongfeng was going to fight like hell to win this leg.

January 27, 2015. Dongfeng Race Team arrives in Sanya in first position, leader of Leg 3 after 23 days of sailing. Victor Fraile/Volvo Ocean Race

January 27, 2015. Dongfeng Race Team arrives in Sanya in first position, leader of Leg 3 after 23 days of sailing. Victor Fraile/Volvo Ocean Race

Persian Gulf, Hormuz Strait, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea/Malacca Straits and the South China Sea are just a few of the challenges the determined men of Dongfeng have had to face as they battled their way through leg 3. Dongfeng have shown exceptional capabilities and stamina on what has been one of the slowest and agonizing legs so far.

This is the ultimate triumph for a project that has the future of Chinese sailing at its core. The youngest sailor in the race at the age of 21, Liu Xue, could not contain his delight on the dockside: “I have made the best decision of my life to join this team. I have learnt so much. This leg and this moment I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.” As a very proud grandmother, who had never flown on a plane until she flew into Sanya for this arrival, stood close by to Black.

When it was agreed that Dongfeng Race Team would lay the foundations for offshore sailing in China no one could have predicted such a perfect result. With little under a year of training the Chinese sailors in the squad have impressed, even if this made Dongfeng Race Team one of the less experienced teams and, subsequently, the least favourite to win when the race started. So this is not only a victory for China but for Caudrelier and his men who have worked day and night to train their Chinese counterparts.

Charles Caudrelier wrote on day 12 of the leg: “I am watching them with admiration, we’re leading this leg, we’re at the top of the overall leaderboard – you can’t compete with the race favourites without a great team. And to build a great team, you need great players. Thinking about the journey of the Chinese sailors since February 2014, Black didn’t speak a word of English and had never spent a night at sea. But from the first day he really impressed us – then he quit straight away after his first offshore sailing, beaten by the brutality of the bad weather – and then a few months later he returned. To start your offshore sailing career with a Volvo Ocean Race is brutal. This afternoon I was watching him trim the sails and I realised that he’s learnt thousands of details in a very short period of time. It’s the same for Kit who is realising his life’s dream onboard right now, his first offshore race. This evening he gave me a Chinese lesson, and it reinforced the enormity of the challenge they [the Chinese sailors] are taking on, learning in 6 months to sail and to work in a previously unknown language. I am proud of them.”

The Vice President of the International Sailing Federation and China Yachting Association, Mr. Li Quanhai congratulated to Dongfeng Race Team on their victory and stated: “Dongfeng Race Team has made history. It is the best result for a Chinese team in the world of offshore sailing.”

Dongfeng Race Team has delivered an outstanding result on this leg and is going to enjoy the moment! However, even though this victory has put Dongfeng at the top of the overall leaderboard, this is only leg 3 of 9 and we can only be as good as our NEXT result.

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It’s going to be a thriller!

Posted on 25 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] A thrilling finish looks to be in store for Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race after the chasing pack made big inroads into Dongfeng Race Team’s once huge lead early on Sunday with just over 24 hours to sail to the finish in Sanya.

Charles Caudrelier’s crew led by more than 106 nautical miles (nm) approaching the Malacca Strait but gradually their advantage has been clawed back with under 350nm left of this fascinating stage from Abu Dhabi to Sanya on the southernmost tip of China.

Understandably, the French skipper and his team have been feeling the pressure as the chasing pack led by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing threatened their hopes of becoming the first Chinese-backed team to win a leg in offshore sailing’s most prestigious round-the-world race.

January 23, 2015. Leg 3 to Sanya onboard MAPFRE. Day 20. Rob Greenhalgh and standing skipper Xabi Fernandez at the Nav Station in the South China Sea. Francisco Vignale/MAPFRE/Volvo Ocean Race

January 23, 2015. Leg 3 to Sanya onboard MAPFRE. Day 20. Rob Greenhalgh and standing skipper Xabi Fernandez at the Nav Station in the South China Sea. Francisco Vignale/MAPFRE/Volvo Ocean Race

Victory in the 4,670nm stage, which started on January 3 in Abu Dhabi, would also put Dongfeng Race Team top of the overall standings on five points ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel who won Legs 1 and 2 respectively.

“Onboard Dongfeng we must stay concentrated … the finish line is still a long way away,” Caudrelier had warned in a blog from the boat as the fleet headed towards the Vietnamese coast before the weekend.

At 1240 UTC on Sunday, they had a lead of 34nm over Leg 1 winners Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing with Team Alvimedica, MAPFRE and Team Brunel hot on their heels too within 50nm of the Dongfeng boat.

Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) have been making good gains too, lying 69.2nm behind the leaders.

January 25, 2015. Day 22 of Leg 3 to Sanya, onboard Team SCA. Sam Davies and crew sail past a traditional Vietnamese fishing boat. Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race

January 25, 2015. Day 22 of Leg 3 to Sanya, onboard Team SCA. Sam Davies and crew sail past a traditional Vietnamese fishing boat. Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race

All the fleet had been slaloming back and forth with gybe after gybe to avoid the numerous obstacles, including a series of near misses with fishing vessels and their nets just off the Vietnamese coast. Walker described that process during Saturday night as “possibly the single hardest night of the race” while Enright went further: “It was the most intense night of sailing of my entire life.”

The sailors are heading for an amazing welcome in Sanya. The Race Village opened on Saturday to large crowds and is sure to repeat last edition’s (2011-12) fantastic receptions for the fleet no matter what time of day or night they arrive.

January 24, 2015. Leg 3 to Sanya onboard Team Alvimedica. Day 21. Dave Swete checks for debris on the keel after sailing through a current line full of trash and rope. The upwind conditions continue in the gut of the South China Sea, 100 miles south of the Vietnam Coast. Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race

January 24, 2015. Leg 3 to Sanya onboard Team Alvimedica. Day 21. Dave Swete checks for debris on the keel after sailing through a current line full of trash and rope. The upwind conditions continue in the gut of the South China Sea, 100 miles south of the Vietnam Coast. Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race

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Cagliari to host America’s Cup World Series’ 2015 opening regatta

Posted on 22 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Luna Rossa Challenge] Cagliari will inaugurate the 2015 – 2016 America’s Cup World Series, the regattas preliminary to the 35th America’s Cup. The event will take place in the Gulf surrounding the island’s capital from June 4 to 7, 2015.

The “America’s Cup World Series – Cagliari – Sardinia”, a top level sporting event with great international visibility, is the result of the collaboration between the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the City of Cagliari, the Port Authorities, the Navy and Luna Rossa, who has chosen Cagliari for its operations base to prepare its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

All six teams entered in the 35th America’s Cup – Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Team France – will be present. The racing will be even more spectacular since the AC45 one-design catamarans with 20 metre wing-sails have been modified to sail in “full-foiling” configuration, i.e. they will “fly” on water.

The program entails an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 4th 2015 and one day of mandatory training on Friday, June 5th. There will be two races a day on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th; the prize-giving ceremony will take place on the last day.

The teams will sail in Cagliari from May 31st to familiarize with the race course prior to the start of the competitions.

The event will be officially presented – with a detailed plan of the racecourse, installations on land and various activities – in Cagliari during a press conference to take place in Spring of 2015.

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Extreme Sailing Series™ 9th year to kick off soon!

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series™] 2015 heralds the 9th year of stadium racing circuit that visits eight iconic venues, including a return to Germany for the first time since 2010: a world tour spanning three continents. Once again, another full 8-team grid, representing 7 nations will line up in a few weeks time.

The Extreme 40 skippers and sailors presented today to the media and public at the Düsseldorf Boat Show confirm once again the high calibre of competitors for the season ahead. “The Series is now firmly established in the arena of world class professional sailing, and we have built that reputation by continually attracting some of the very best sailors in the world, supported by global brands, in iconic and attractive venues – competing annually and on a global scale,” commented Mark Turner, Executive Chairman of OC Sport. “And whilst the event has never changed its core DNA – racing in a stadium environment where exciting sailing is brought right to the audience – there remains a great deal to do. We must continue to innovate, to break new ground, change people’s perceptions of our sport, find new ways to share it and engage with new audiences around the world. That’s our ongoing challenge.”

The award-winning and ‘ISAF Special Event’ world tour is only made possible by the continued support of its partners, host venues and teams. Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director commented: “Racing in the Extreme Sailing Series is fast and furious and watching some of the best sailors in the world battling it out in such challenging environments makes for a fantastic spectacle. The boats are quick and tough, just like our vehicles and must perform whatever the conditions. We look forward to watching the inevitable high octane thrills and spills of the 2015 series with great anticipation.”

The 2015 skippers were announced at Boot Düsseldorf today in Germany. KaiSchaefer.de

The 2015 skippers were announced at Boot Düsseldorf today in Germany. KaiSchaefer.de

Eight Teams Representing Seven Nations
The 2015 season will see some new blood coming in, and be more open than ever before as Alinghi –reigning champions and two-time winners– step back after five seasons from the circuit to pursue other interests, offering up the tantalizing prospect of existing and new teams making their way on to the podium for the first time.

2014 helm Seve Jarvin of Australia and Britain’s Ian Williams will share driving duties on GAC Pindar and Roman Hagara will compete in his sixth Extreme Sailing Series at the helm of Red Bull Sailing Team – his goal is quite simple: “Our objective is to win the Series!”

SAP Extreme Sailing Team headed up by Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Kostner from Denmark will be looking forward to their fourth season with the ambition of improving their performance in the overall standings this year: “Both myself and Jes Gram-Hansen return after a tough year in 2014 knowing we can perform better,” commented Rasmus Kostner. “We have high expectations to become a podium team, that focus hasn’t changed. We are coming back with an energised crew and an intense training schedule to prime us to fight for every point.”

The Series will see an Italian entry: Lino Sonego Team Italia, fronted by multiple world champion Lorenzo Bressani; Gazprom Team Russia will return for a second season led by Igor Lisovenko and Oman Air will be back, at the helm Stevie Morrison from the UK. From the same stable, two-time overall Series champions and 2014 runners-up, The Wave Muscat, with Leigh McMillan once again at the helm.

Having ‘tested the water’ at the Istanbul Act in 2014, Team Turx skippered by Edhem Dirvana will be on the starting line for 2015: “We are finally achieving this great honour of being the first Turkish sailing team to compete at this level,” said Dirvana. “The Extreme Sailing Series has been developing every year and it is one of the most difficult races to win. Over the years this circuit has pushed sailing to be real high performance sport. To become a part of it is every sailor’s dream.”

For Act 1 in Singapore supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, Team Aberdeen will be racing for their country as the ‘home’ team skippered by Nick Moloney, who first competed on this circuit in its inaugural year in 2007.
An 11-Month World Tour.

For the third successive year, Singapore supported by venue partner, Aberdeen Asset Management, will host the opening Act starting on 5 February. It will be the fourth time the Extreme 40s have raced in Singapore, racing within the confines of the ultimate city-centre stadium on the world-famous Marina Bay. Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, will host Act 2 and China’s ‘Olympic Sailing City’ Qingdao, Act 3 – both these venues have been long-term supporters of the circuit, hosting an Extreme 40 Act since 2011. The UK Act will, once again, be staged in Cardiff moving to an earlier calendar slot in June before the fleet head to 2015’s new venue: Hamburg, Germany. It has been five years since the Extreme 40s have raced in Germany – and the first time in Hamburg – but with a nation of sailing lovers, the event will prove popular. From Germany, it’s on to St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital for the second successive season, then Turkey before the final Act in Australia in December.

Extreme Sailing Series ™ 2015 Host Venues:
Act 1: Singapore, 5-8 February
Act 2: Muscat, Oman 11-14 March
Act 3: Qingdao, China 1-4 May
Act 4: Cardiff, UK 18-21 June
Act 5: Hamburg, Germany 23-26 July
Act 6: Saint Petersburg, Russia 20-23 August
Act 7: Istanbul, Turkey 1-4 October
Act 8: Australia 10-13 December
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 Teams and skippers:
Team / Skipper

  • GAC Pindar (AUS/GBR) – Seve Jarvin (AUS) / Ian Williams (GBR)
  • Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) – Igor Lisovenko (RUS)
  • Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA)- Lorenzo Bressani (ITA)
  • Oman Air (OMA) – Stevie Morrison (GBR)
  • Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) – Roman Hagara (AUT)
  • SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) – Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) /Rasmus Kostner (DEN)
  • Team Turx (TUR) – Edhem Dirvana (TUR)
  • The Wave, Muscat (OMA) – Leigh McMillan (GBR)
  • Act 1 home team: Team Aberdeen (SIN) – Nick Moloney (AUS)

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Dongfeng tighten their grip

Posted on 19 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] Dongfeng Race Team tightened their stranglehold on Leg 3 as they began their navigation through the treacherous Malacca Strait on Monday with a historic Volvo Ocean Race breakthrough for China tantalisingly within sight.

None of the three Chinese teams to enter the race has ever won a stage in offshore sailing’s most prestigious event but Dongfeng are ideally poised to be the first, protecting a 106.3 nautical mile (nm) lead over MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) at 0950 UTC.

A victory, putting them top of the overall standings, is certainly not in the bag despite their very handy advantage.

Caudrelier and his mixture of experienced French solo sailors and Chinese rookies must now pick their way through the Malacca Strait, a 500nm journey that could easily scupper all their hopes before they even reach the final section of the 4,670nm stage through the South China Sea to Sanya.

The Strait, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, separates the Indonesian island of Sumatra from Malaysia and is chock-a-block with huge tankers, dozens of tiny fishing vessels and the ubiquitous man-made, floating debris.

In past races, navigators and helmsmen have found themselves dodging discarded refrigerators and rusting washing machines. A collision with such a hazard at speed could cause considerable damage to a Volvo Ocean 65.

Additionally, the winds there are notoriously fickle and Dongfeng could yet be parked in zero wind while the rest of the chasing pack catches up in stronger pressure.

Caudrelier is certainly taking nothing for granted.

“We are happy, of course, to have led for nearly 13 days, but we are also very tense,” he said. “We dream – without thinking too much about it – of being first to arrive ‘home’ but these Straits really concern us. The race is, without doubt, going to be decided there.”

Meanwhile, the race 100nm or so behind Dongfeng is really heating up with their chief rivals for the overall trophy, Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), both currently outside the top three.

Their places have been taken by MAPFRE who continue to thrive under the stewardship of stand-in skipper Xabi Fernández, and third-placed Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA).

At 0950, MAPFRE led Team Alvimedica by exactly 3nm with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing the same distance behind the Turkish/American team in fourth.

Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS) are not racing the leg but heading on a transport ship instead for Genoa, Italy, from Malaysia after their boat was retrieved from an Indian Ocean reef just before Christmas. It ran aground there on November 29, causing major damage.

It will be arriving in Genoa on Sunday, January 25, and will then be transported to the Persico boatyard in Bergamo for repairs. The plan is that the Danish team will re-enter the race for the final two legs from June in Lisbon.

The fleet is forecast to arrive in Sanya, Hainan Island on the southern-most tip of China on January 27 or, less likely, January 28.

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Piece by piece

Posted on 18 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Team Vestas Wind] We have been incredibly fortunate over the past five weeks with many different situations confronting us that could have presented an insurmountable brick wall or an end to our campaign. At each one of these crossroads, we have found a way and/or we have also stumbled across unselfish, unconditional help that has made the task that little bit more manageable.

The trans-shipping in Malaysia was again just that…

Through Maersk Line, we were put in direct contact with the load master that we would be working alongside in Port Klang. Jagen and his team were exceptional and understood early on that this was not a normal lift for any of us, and that we also required the machinery and space to also undertake a few days’ work while waiting to be loaded on to the Maersk Stockholm to make our way to Genoa. The reality is the boat is still ballasted in a manner that we require to shift the balance point of what remains structurally sound of the yacht forward, to a position we can safely put a sling and control lines on to it for each lift.

Once off the ship and trucked away on the trailer, we were positioned safely out of the way to begin the three days of NDT (non-destructive testing) and brain storm methods of repair that we can present and then work with the Farr office and Persico to what becomes the final outcome for the repair of Vestas Wind.
We have certainly gathered enough data and information required for this, and so now we begin the path back to Persico.

We loaded on to the MV Stockholm as per schedule. She’s a big girl with a few containers to get across in height and width! The ships ETA into Genoa is around the 25th of January, and as the yacht is at sea, we are also working on the time line and plan of everything else that’s required to align with the arrival of the yacht to the yard as well as the repairs.

January 6, 2015. Team Vestas Wind Recovery;  MV Jula S from MAERSK Line took Team Vestas Wind to Malaysia. Rick Deppe/Volvo Ocean Race

January 6, 2015. Team Vestas Wind Recovery; MV Jula S from MAERSK Line took Team Vestas Wind to Malaysia. Rick Deppe/Volvo Ocean Race

We have pulled our shore base containers out of race circulation and they are now in transit back from Abu Dhabi, making their way to Genoa for trucking to Persico, as is the container that we were lucky enough to keep in bond in Mauritius that has everything that the boys were able to recover from the reef and bring back on the fishing boat ‘Eliza’ after they did all they could with limited resources, and then from our second trip out there when we went to salvage the boat off the reef.

This container has the 1600kg piece of keel fin that we had to cut off the underside of the boat in it, as we were able to float it off the reef and across the lagoon on a raft built by suspending planks across two 18 foot fishing Dory’s, to get it back onto the aft deck of the ‘Gryphon’ (mother ship we took on our second trip to St Brandon).

Unfortunately, we could not salvage the rig in one piece, which was a decision that was not taken lightly as every inherent value we have instilled in us is to always keep the rig in one piece. Our goals out there were to bring back as much as we possibly could, especially if it could help expedite our re-entry into the race. With every decision made, the thought of trying to save the rig was forefront, but through every process required to get what we needed of the boat back, keeping the rig up was going to add additional risk to losing everything. We have all of the rig coming back to Persico and the intention is that we will strip this as best we can and utilize everything that we can take from it to go towards the new rig.

Our last hurdle at present to get the yacht back to Bergamo from St Brandon, is the trucking from Genoa to the boat yard: Right now we are in the process of trying to get all the correct trucking permits, vehicle pilots and highway access permission to complete the journey. The home straight, it seems, won’t be any easier than the previous 1000′s of miles and four weeks’ efforts, but we have good people working on it and hopefully all will fall into place as required to complete just the first milestone on our road to rejoining the Race.

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The WMRT will countinue in 2015 despite Alpari insolvency announcement

Posted on 17 January 2015 by Reporter

The news of the leading international Forex operator Alpari Limited to enter insolvency procedure will not affect The World Match Racing, states the seires official page. The Tour will go on as planned with last 2014 season event scheduled for February. Also, The Tour plans to announce 2015 calendar in the nearest future.

On Firay 16th January, Alpari (UK) Limited announced that: “The recent move on the Swiss franc caused by the Swiss National Bank’s unexpected policy reversal of capping the Swiss franc against the euro has resulted in exceptional volatility and extreme lack of liquidity. This has resulted in the majority of clients sustaining losses which has exceeded their account equity. Where a client cannot cover this loss, it is passed on to us. This has forced Alpari (UK) Limited to confirm today, 16/01/15, that it has entered into insolvency.”

Later that day The World Match Racing Tour confirmed that it is continuing as scheduled, including the final event of the 2014 World Championship in Malaysia from 10-14 February. The Tour will shortly announce its 2015 calendar of events, including two new official stages.

Furthermore, the Tour announced that “with over 250 sponsors involved across all Tour events worldwide, we have already received interest from potential global partners for the coming season.”

On 22th of December 2015 it was announced that Swiss watchmaker Albert Riele has become the Alpari World Match Racing Tour’s first ever Official Watch Partner.

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Burling’s 24th birthday McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth World title win

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Reporter

[Source: McDougall/McConaghy 2015 Moth Worlds] Peter Burling (NZL), who turned 24 on January 1, leaves Sorrento tonight with the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship title, hosted by the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) in Victoria.

“I‘m stoked,” was all Burling could get out, as he sprayed and was sprayed with champagne after stepping ashore at Sorrento just after 3.15pm local time today. “Holy, that last race, I won it,” Burling said, with a grin from ear to ear. “The boat’s been going really well this week, no problems,” he said.

Burling attributed his nine race wins to, “You get on a winning roll and just keep going. Nathan (Outteridge) and I spent a lot of time working on our boats and nothing broke. “All the time I have put in to this campaign paid off,” he said amid cheers and pats on the back from fellow Emirates Team New Zealand team mates, including his 49er crew Blair Tuke, who finished sixth overall.

“There are some great guys in this record fleet, I am absolutely stoked to win,” ended Burling who will have little time to celebrate. It is pack up time and then off to the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami for an Olympic class 49er event with Tuke. Then it’s back to America’s Cup duties.

On the final day, Burling finished sixth in Race 13, the first of the day on the windy and bumpy course on Port Phillip. Initially delayed, racing did get underway on time at 1100am in 15-18 knots on a choppy sea. But competitors were brought ashore after it, while race officials reassessed conditions.

Resize of Peter Burling (NZL) today - Thierry Martinez pic

Chris Rashley (GBR) won the race, his second bullet of the Championship, followed by three Aussies: Josh McKnight, Rob Gough and Nathan Outteridge. Chris Rast (SUI) finished fifth.

Around half the Gold fleet headed out for Race 14 shortly after 1.45pm. In gusty 22-25 knot winds, Burling finished the Worlds in the style he started, with a bullet. Outteridge was second and Rashley third. Josh McKnight was sitting nicely in third until he crashed.

Defending world champion, Outteridge, who finished second in 2013, started his campaign with two bullets, came up with two more and finished second overall. McKnight, Moth world champion in 2012 and third last year, finished third again this year. But the Championship belonged to Burling and Burling alone.

Resize of Nathan Outteridge (AUS) today - Thierry Martinez pic

Nine wins from a possible 14 was extraordinary, especially considering the fragile nature of these boats in the big conditions which proved to be the undoing of Tom Slingsby (AUS), Scott Babbage (AUS) and Paul Goodison (GBR).

Outteridge is disappointed the full series was not completed and that conditions have been extreme. It’s happened at the last three Worlds. “In Hawaii and Hayling Island there was no wind, and here it’s been extreme at both ends,” said the 2012 49er Olympic gold medallist and Artemis Racing America’s Cup skipper who turns 29 at the end of the month.

“It’s also disappointing I didn’t have a chance to catch up to Pete. A bit of a shame we’ve been compromised by having such a big Gold fleet. If it was just the top 25 in Gold, it would have been easy to keep sailing today, as the calibre is so high, we would have handled it. “It’s something for organisers to think about in future, because Moth events are getting bigger as the boat gets more popular. It’s hard to manage a fleet of 80 boats on one course. Even from a safety aspect. “I am very happy with how I sailed. My worst result, discounting my timeout in that extra light fluky qualifying race, was fifth. To be able to post top five results throughout – you can’t knock that,” he said. “Pete (Burling) was impressive. Nine wins, he deserves the title. All the top guys have sailed well.”

Resize of Josh McKnight (AUS) before he broke his boom today - Thierry Martinez pic

Josh McKnight had enough in the bank to finish third overall, despite breaking his boom. “I had hoped to challenge Nathan for second place, but there’s nothing wrong with third. Look at it this way, I finished with guys who have America’s Cup contracts either side of me, and I’m a uni student who loves sailing a Moth,” he said.

Two British sailors, Chris Rashley and Chris Draper finished fourth and fifth. Draper was taken to hospital this afternoon after being stung in the leg by a stingray. We are awaiting an update.

Annalise Murphy (IRE), fourth placegetter in the Laser Radial at the 2012 Olympics, scored the best of the Women’s results with a 14th place in Race 13. But it was not enough to overcome 2011 Women’s Moth world champion and local sailor, Samantha England, who claimed her second Women’s Moth world title.

Resize of Local entry Samantha England (AUS) won the Women's title for a second time - Thierry Martinez pic

The Silver fleet did not race, so results stand as per yesterday.

“Andrew and I congratulate Peter Burling on his outstanding win,” co-sponsor Jono Morris said on behalf of McDougall and McConaghy, adding that Burling used all Mach 2 gear – boat, boom, foils, sails.

“It’s great to be part of something where we are the major supplier of the boats. It’s cutting edge technology and a platform for the top sailors. It’s where they want to be at the moment,” Morris, joint-managing director of McConaghy, which builds the Mach 2. “It’s interesting to think that before the last America’s Cup, the sailors were getting into cat sailing. Now it’s foiling and the Moths. And it’s not just because they have to, they want to because they love it. “Trying to settle on foil size has been interesting, they are still in development. That’s what Andrew McDougal (the Mach 2 designer) is good at and has spent a lot of time on,” Morris says.

A major attribute of the Mach 2 is the support that comes with the boats. “So wherever there’s a big fleet of Mach 2’s, Andrew (or AMac as he is known) will be organising a ‘hospital’ for repairs on an as needs be basis. “It’s been a good thing to do, for sure,” says Morris who added staff member Matt Heynes to McDougall’s Simon Owen-Smith for this event, aware the high numbers and high calibre fleet would mean more casualties. “We’ve got such a good partnership with Andrew, so I’m here to see and get to know the guys sailing the boats. It’s been a very positive and beneficial experience from seeing the boats in action through to the quality of the guys sailing and their camaraderie,” Morris says.

So concludes the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship.

Resize of Paul Goodison (GBR) takes a quick dip - Thierry Martinez pic

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