Finally, after all the frustration the 505 Worlds finish in brochure conditions…
The final day again dawned with no wind and again the wind filled in from the NE out to sea. Today the conditions were even better than yesterday with the wind filling in slightly stronger and holding for longer. Nearly all racing was conducted in 10-12 maybe 14kn of wind. Late in the day it did move slightly right and start to fade, but by then boats were turning onto their last upwind of the final race.
Three races again were conducted today allowing 7 races in total and bringing a drop into play.
The first race of the day (R5) looked like there could be some movement ahead for the leader board. McNay and Payne were 7th and Batchelor/Pascoe 3rd. The winners were Jan-Philipp Hofmann and Felix Brockerhoff in a tight battle with Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane. Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne were part that trio, but on the last run they went furthest to the left when a little righty came down the centre of the course dropping them to 6th. The German pair of Hofmann and Brockerhoff looked like they could move up to third overall.
The second race of the day (R6) was a return to form for McNay/Payne, but Batchelor/Pascoe were a little deep. Nicholas/Payne were again near the front and this time would make no mistake finishing second. Former champions Mike Holt and Adam Lowry emerged from the forest they had been lost in all regatta to give us a flash of brilliance to pick up third.
And the final race (R7), well it was an exhibition really. McNay and Paine just sailed away from the fleet. It was impressive! In second was the other form boat Batchelor and Pascoe with third going to Mike Martin and Adam Lowry.
In the post-race interview, (see the 505 website) McNay and Paine shared their glory with their coach, (and McNay’s crew for the last two olympics) Dave Hughes and McNay’s soon to be published episode on Bar Karate- the Sailing Podcast – where it is acknowledged that all guests who appear on the show go