Offshore Sailing Worlds - Final Day Race

Tensions were high with Podium positions on the line in this race in all classes

Even if the wind was low, tensions were high as four recalls were necessary in Class B, even use of the Black flag, before a race could be successfully started, and three in Class C.

In Class A, with the gold decided (Karl Kwok's Pac 52 Beau Geste, HKG) Tilmar Hansen's TP 52 Outsider (GER) was virtually unopposed to take Friday's race and the Silver medal place on the podium.

The Rotterdam Offshore Sailing Team's Ker 46 Van Uden (NED) led by skipper Gerd-Jan Poortman, with Van Uden taking the Bronze.

In Class B, the Norwegians were well-assured of victory for both Gold and Silver. Claus Landmark's team on his Landmark 43 Santa the gold and the team on Torkjel Valland's sistership White Shadow the silver.

In the Gold Medal fight for supremacy in Class C. Gideon Messink's J/112E J Lance (NED) match-raced Patrik Forsgren's modified First 36.7 Pro4U (SWE).

The plan worked, with the two deep in the pack, J Lance correcting to their discard score of 43rd to take the gold.

Left alone, Kai Mares's Italia 9.98 Immac Fram (GER) was then free to earn a respectable 3rd in this race and advance to the Silver medal podium position.

The Corinthian division winners in each class were Ralf Lassig's XP 44 Xenia (GER) in Class A, Frans Rodenburg's First 40 Elke (NED) in Class B, and Pro4U in Class C. In all there were 24 approved all-amateur Corinthian teams in this event.

The next planned Offshore World Championship will be in Sibenik, Croatia and held over 1-8 June 2019.

Full results here

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