The New Zealand yacht, Wai-Aniwa (pronounced WHY ANNEEWAH), won the world one-ton class yachting championships raced off Sydney, Australia.
The New Zealand yacht, Wai-Aniwa (pronounced WHY ANNEEWAH), won the world one-ton class yachting championships raced off Sydney, Australia. In the final 27-mile (43 kms) race of the five-race series on Wednesday (20 December), the New Zealand yacht was placed fourth. Skippered by Mr. Chris Bouzaid, Wai-Aniwa won the series by the narrowest of margins - .625 of a point. Second was the Australian titleholder, Pilgrim; third, Pathfinder (New Zealand); fourth, Ydra (West Germany); fifth, Young Nick (new Zealand) sixth, Mark Twain (Australia) and seventh, Escapade (United Kingdom).
The final race of the series was won by the West German yacht, Ydra, sailed by Hans Beilken. Observers say the West German crew was the unluckiest in the series. She struck trouble in the earlier 270 mile (434 kms) ocean race and was forced to retire. Had she finished the course, the West Germans would have taken the trophy. In the final race, the Australian yacht, Pilgrim, appeared to have the series won when she rounded the last marker in sixth place. But she dropped one place to finish seventh in the race and second in the title. In the final race, the positions were Ydra (West Germany) first; Mark Twain (Australia) second; third, Young Nick (New Zealand) and fourth Wai-Aniwa (New Zealand).
SYNOPSIS: The New Zealand yacht, Wai-Aniwa, won the world title for one-ton class yachting in a series of races off Sydney, Australia. The fifth and final race of the series was held last Wednesday and the New Zealand yacht, skippered by Chris Bouzaid, came in fourth to win the series by an extremely narrow margin.
In the final stages of the last race, the Australian yacht, Pilgrim, looked certain to win the trophy. As she rounded the last marker in sixth position, Pilgrim began to drop back and finished more than seven minutes behind the new Zealand yacht. The United States yacht, Bushwacker, slipped past Pilgrim, relegating the Australian to seventh place in the final race.
The winner of the final race, West Germany's Ydra, was the unluckiest yacht of the series. She came fourth in the series after failing to finish the earlier ocean event. Had Ydra finished that race, she would have won the title. Second in the last race was Australia's Mark Twain.
Another New Zealand entry, Young Nick, was third across the finish line.
Fourth place was enough for Wai-Aniwa to gain the points necessary to win the series. In the final count, her lead over the Australian Pilgrim was little more than half a point.