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Daniel and Burger of South Africa are 29er Class World Champions

Benji Daniel and Alex Burger of South Africa are the 29er Class World Champions. They finished the championship with a win in the final race.

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Daniel and Burger started the final day with a third place, then a 33 put them under pressure, before they won the final race to confirm the 2017 title.

In second were Benjamin Jaffrezic and Léo Chauvel of France, who also take the U18 title.

Third place went to another French team, Theo Revil and Gautier Guevel.

Top in the all-female division were Annabelle Davies and Madison Woodward of Australia (18th overall).

Best placed British competitors were Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne in 14th with Max Clapp and Ross Banham 15th.

An incident on the racecourse nearly marred an otherwise idyllic regatta, but others on the water came to a swift rescue.

After winning Race 10, at the top of Race 11; Ireland’s Johnny Durcan and Lola Kohl capsized during a frenzied mark rounding, trapping Durcan, 16, beneath the skiff.

Kohl called for help, and the fleet responded. A bunch of other teams and coaches diving in, putting his (Johnny’s) safety ahead of everything else.

Later that evening, during the prize-giving, Coach Matt Thomas conveyed a heartfelt message of thanks from Durcan’s parents.

Zhik 29er Class World Championship - Final Leading positions

1st RSA 1498 Benji Daniel / Alex Burger 3 3 2 4 3 3 1 3 [33] 1 23 pts
2nd FRA 2361 Benjamin Jaffrezic / Léo Chauvel 6 6 [12] 5 2 8 7 11 9 [44] 56 pts
3rd FRA 11 Theo REVIL / Gautier GUEVEL 2 17 11 6 [22] 7 2 6 4 [28] 58 pts
4th ARG 2568 Santiago Duncan Loiaz / ELIAS DALLI 1 [24] 8 8 1 2 12 [21] 20 7 60 pts
5th NZL 7 Seb Lardies / Scott McKenzie 13 7 6 10 12 11 14 24 [27] [25] 106 pts
6th AUS 2686 Lachie Brewer / Max Paul 17 15 3 21 4 5 15 [33] 19 14 113 pts
7th USA 2590 Alie Toppa / Jacob Rosenberg 20 8 7 1 25 6 33 8 6 [38] 114 pts
8th ESP 17 ANDRES BARRIO / NESTOR VEGA 22 2 [29] 27 9 15 10 29 [31] 3 121 pts
9th ESP 2640 Pep Costa / FRAN NUNEZ 18 10 15 15 [45] 14 6 9 [36] 29 122 pts
10th USA 2383 Neil Marcellini / Ian Brill 4 [32] 19 19 [30] 12 11 16 7 16 129 pts

Full results here

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6 August 2017 7:02 GMT


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