By Martin Vanzulli/CATSAILING NEWS
Last year Gunnar and Fer won at Ireland racing against a reduced fleet of 50 boats, among the contenders were Glenn Ashby & Brett Goodall who gave away critical points on some dnc.
For 2015 at Kiel, the Nacra Team had the chance to show they were able to manage 170 boats and face Glenn & Brett again this time with no handicap, along other top crews.
Much at stake for them and the 2014 World Champs simply delivered one of the most brilliant performance I can remember since following F18 Worlds.
Defending the crown against another talented and super fast Dutch team like Oskar Zeekant & Charlie Begemann who put the champs against the ropes on the final stage scoring 2,3,1,4, & 1 , to give themselves a chance for the crown in the scheduled 12th and last race that was finally not completed (One start for R12 was cancelled) on a sudden wind increase over 30 knots.
In the 11th race, which was the final of the event at the end, Larsen-van West were in the +15th position towards the second windward mark, with Oskar & Charlie leading.
If things would have stayed like that it was going to be first overall for Zeekant as they were only 4 pts behind at the moment.
But Gunnar & Fer put pedal to the metal once more like yesterday, when it was needed the most, to finish in 3rd place.
It was like the Champs got an extra gear when it was a must to have, tremendous way to win a second World Title under pressure.
Hat off to the double F18 World Champs Gunnar Larsen & Fer van West , the current Nr 1 F18 & Open Multihull crew World Wide. If you wanna challenge the best sailors , double handed and no restrictions attached, you have the F18 as the ultimate proving ground.
Also high respect for Oskar Zeekant & Charlie Begemeann repeating the 2nd place from LA 2012 and always wanting for more , they were close an a 12th race could have been an Epic fight for the title with two speeding Infusions. I was amazed on the speed the Nacras got in 5 and 20 knots, a legacy of the breakthrough this 2006 design by Morelli & Melvin that keeps being a reference in the Class after almost ten years.
Third place for Glenn Ashby & Brett Goodall, in the C2, 4th for the talented US Youth Reiss-Whitehead in a C2 and 5th overall for Veenman-de Waard , Nacra Infusion.
6th Mitch & Ruben Booth (Hobie Wildcat), on them what to say additional to
French Youth Robert-Perron in 7th (Nacra Infusion) , Sach-Sach (Nacra Infusion) Ferrec-Delaplace & 10th overall for Manu Boulogne- David Fanouliere on the Cirrus R completing 3 French crews in the top ten.
6 NACRA INFUSION in the TOP TEN, all with Performance Sails equipped.
Larsen/Van West (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 21 points
Zeekant/Begemann (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 26 points
Ashby/Goodall (Goodal C2) 35 points
Reiss/Whitehead (Goodal C2) 49 points
Veenman/De Waard (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 75 points
Booth/Booth (Hobie Wild Cat) 87 points
Robert/Perron (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 101 points
Sach/Sach (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 114 points
Ferrec/Delaplace (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 118 points
Boulogne/David (Cirrus/Performance Sails) 120 points
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