New Zealand's Francesco Kayrouz and Jackson Keon took the title of the 2018 29er World Champions, in Hong Kong, today with top four results in all races and a nine point cushion separating them from their closest competition.
Second overall went to Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Lachie Brewer and Max Paul (AUS6) on 20 points. Placed 6th the previous evening, they won the final race to move onto the podium. France's Benjamin Jaffrezic and Leo Chauvel (FRA2) followed in third.
On the final day, sailors were met with no breeze and a heavy fog as they descended on the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Middle Island Clubhouse. Racers were initially held onshore with Race Officer Charlie Manzoni commented "We couldn't launch you into nowhere with no wind and no visibility."
However, by around 1130hrs, a cold northerly had started to fill in and steadily built, compressing the fog into a more wet but transparent light drizzle. The gold fleet was sent to their race course in Stanley Bay where four races were sailed.
The breeze for the beginning of the first two races race was at the top of the 29er wind limit however changing gears was critical as the breeze tapered off in the second lap of both the first two races. The breeze moderated for the remaining two races of the day.
The results from the Silver fleet remained unchanged as the race committee decided to hold them onshore due to the breeze being in the upper class limit.
After racing competitors made a beeline back to shore to pack up their gear in time for the 2018 Zhik 29er World Championship prize giving which was held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island location in Causeway Bay.
Other MHYC sailors performed well too. Archie Cropley & Simon Murnaghan were 18th overall, John-Mark Paul & George Richardson were 3rd in the Silver Fleet and Max Giffney & Nathan
Stanaway 18th in Silver.
Congratulations to Lachie, Max and all the crews competing.
To view the final results - click here
By World Sailing as amended by MHYC