Bobby Symonette of the Bahamas won his first world yachting championship on Wednesday (13 February) after trying for twenty years to take a major title.
AERIAL GV: Yacht 84 (wildfire) under sail
AERIAL GV: Yacht BA1 (John B)
AERIAL GV: Yacht KA31 (Arunga Three)
AERIAL LS: Five yachts unidentified
AERIAL GV: Three yachts astern turn around buoy
AERIAL LS: Yachts in fleet unidentified
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Background: Bobby Symonette of the Bahamas won his first world yachting championship on Wednesday (13 February) after trying for twenty years to take a major title. The Nassau businessman, sailing John B, won the best of seven series of the World 5-point-5 Metre Championship sailed off Sydney, Australia.
SYNOPSIS: This yacht, Wildfire, sailed by veteran Albert Fay of the United States, emerged the winner of the seventh and final race of the series. But it wasn't enough to defat John B in the overall standings.
Arunga Three, with Australia's Frank Tolhurst at the helm, was the defending champion going into this series. In fact Tolhurst has won the 5-point-5 Metre Championship three times in the past five years. Bobby Symonette has been runner up on three occasions but this time, consistency paid off. Symonette steered the immaculately prepared John B through a well judged series and in the final heat, took advantage of the gustier conditions to beat Arunga Three into a distant fourth place.
Symonette took the series comfortably from Tolhurst, with Albert Fay's Wildfire third, ahead of Switzerland's Thomas Sprecher, sailing Joker Four.