Italian students have become the 2009 Student Yachting World Cup Champions. Defending Champions Cork Institute of Technology finished fifth overall and University of Limerick tenth in the 12-boat event after yesterday’s final rounds.
The race committee had a plan to get two windward leeward races off but only managed one as the winds in Marseille decided not to hold out for the final race.
Race 1 yesterday and Race 14 of the championship got underway in a 6 knot fluky breeze. ‘3 Mobile’ CIT Team were off to a great start and in the top five of the fleet. They went on to round the windward mark in fourth position and continued their battle on the downwind leg reaching the leeward mark in fourth having held off the fighting pack.
However USA had taken a wild gamble and were the first to gybe and went out left. On the downwind leg they gained seven places and climbed from eighth at the windward mark to first at the leeward mark where the committee decided to finish the race. CIT finished in 4th, Italy 3rd, France 2nd and USA 1st. This led to a shuffle on the overall leader board and left CIT and USA on equal points of 49 each and on a countback USA was ahead of CIT.
The Overall Standings of the 2009 Student Yachting World Cup in Marseille France are:
1st – ITALY – 24points.
2nd – CZECH REPUBLIC – 45points.
3rd – FRANCE (Audencia) – 48points.
4th – USA – 49points.
5th – CIT – 49points.
6th – Switzerland- 52points
7th – England – 69points
8th – Scotland – 83points
9th – Wales – 89points
10th – UL Lim. – 108points
11th – France (Poly) – 108 points
12th – Japan – 120points