3/11/2013

Southern Spars rigged Ran Racing Lift Gaastra 52 World Championship Title

Scuttlebutt

Niklas Zennstrom and the Ran Racing team secured the Gaastra 52 World Championship title on the final run of the last race of the series after a thrilling showdown off Miami's South Beach up against 52 SUPER SERIES champions and former world champions Southern Spars rigged Azzurra.

Although Ran Racing started the three race finale with a lead of four points and increased that to six points after they placed second in the first contest of the day with Azzurra fourth, Zennstrom's team then had what he later described as a 'shocker'.

Early in the penultimate race they missed the key windshift and could only manage seventh as the Azzurra team sailed to a relatively comfortable win.

That left the pair tied on points going in to the final race.

As a small gust hit Azzurra appeared to broach and lose control allowing Ran to slide past only centimetres to windward. Reports as to what actually happened differ. Ran believe their rivals were trying to luff and force a penalty. Azzurra's skipper Guillermo Parada later explained that it was a combination of small errors of timing which caused their costly broach.

Ran Racing's coolness paid off and they held on to cross the line just ahead of Azzurra to clinch the title by one single point.

Gaastra 52 World Championships, Results after 10 races.

1. Ran Racing, Zennstrom, SWE, 32 points *
2. Azzurra, Roemmers, ITA, 33 *
3. Quantum Racing, DeVos, USA, 34
4. Vesper, Swartz, USA, 39
5. Gladiator, Langley, GBR, 43 *
6. Interlodge, Fragomen, USA, 49
7. Rio, Moshayedi, USA, 61
8. Gaastra-Pro, Blees, NED, 69

US 52 SUPER SERIES final after Quantum Key West 2013 and Gaastra 52 World Championships

1. Azzurra, 57 *
2. Ran Racing, 63 *
3. Quantum Racing, 66
4. Interlodge, 78
5. Gladiator, 85 *
6. Rio, 112

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