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Delta Lloyd IFDS World Championship 2010
SCHMITTER, RICKHAM/BIRREL AND TEAM UDO HESSELS GRAB
THIERRY SCHMITTER (THE NETHERLANDS) WORLD CHAMPION
An unbelievably exciting sailing day in Medemblik today with 'fireworks' in all classes. Fantastic weather, and at last, good wind varying from 20 - 30 knots. We love days like this. The best conditions you can wish for the last day of the Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010. In all classes all options were still open after 7 races since the lead pack sailors were so narrow in points.
Thierry Schmitter was at his best with this wind. He sailed two fabulous races today and crossed the finish line as first in both races. Heiko Kroger fought back like a tiger and after today’s first race was still one point ahead of Thierry. A rocket start of Thierry in the second race made an end to the German dream. Nothing could stop him anymore from winning and
Thierry could prolong his second World title in succession.
Silver for Heiko Kroger (GER) , Bronze for Megan Pascoe (GBR) who also sailed an excellent Worlds by constantly sailing in the leading fleet. Canadian Paul Tingley was 4th overall and Damien Sequin (RA) 5th.
ALEXANDRA RICKHAM & NIKI BIRREL (GBR) WORLD CHAMPION
Team Rickham & Birrel proved today that they also can play the game with stronger wind, but they had to fight hard for it. The first race was a neck to neck race for New Zealand, the Aussies, USA and Great Britain. They all gave Rickham & Birrel a hard time and they finished 5 (their lowest score so far). In the second race Rickham & Birrel were heading for gold and finished 4, good for their World title. USA Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett, who sailed an
equally strong Worlds grabbed the Silver, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox (Australia) the Gold.