Mike Martin & Adam Lowry - 2016 World Champions
After a disastrous start on Day 1 with a 30th & 43rd, the USA Team of Mike & Adam then went into "focus & determination mode" and with a dazzling display of speed and tactics on the remaining 5 days of racing, won the 2016 World Championships with a scorecard of 30, 43, 1, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2, 15.
Congratulations to Adam on becoming a World Champion for the 1st time and to Mike for his 3rd title & his 2nd as a helmsman - the first being 2009 in San Francisco and his 1st W.C. title as crew for Howie Hamlin in 1999 in Quiberon, France.
Defending their 2015 World Championship title, Mike Holt & Carl Smit were runners up with an impressively consistent result. I guess it's no consolation for Mike & Carl, but had all races been counted - with no discards - they would have been the 2016 Champions. This is the 3rd time as a runner up for Mike & Carl but they do have the credentials of World champions in 2015 and for Mike with Rob Woeful as crew, World Champions in 2014.
Scrutiny of past results show that, had the scoring system not included any discards, Mike Holt would have been World Champion 4 times by now, demonstrating his amazing consistency.
Five times World Champion Wolfgang Hunger from Germany with Julien Kleiner as crew secured 3rd place overall. But only after a "count back" broke the tied score of 40 points with the USA Team of Tyler Moore & Drew Buttner. By winning the 9th and final race, Wolfgang & Julien cliched the 3rd place on the podium.
For full trace results and to study the SAP Sailing Analytics, go to www.505worlds2016.com or www.sapsailing.com