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A great end to the most beautiful World Cup !

A great end to the most beautiful World Cup !

For this third and final day of competition, the first heat is launched as soon as the winds shows itself at the end of the morning. Two heats of Speed Slalom are run in an energising 12 - 15 knots. There's some great battling on the jibes at the marker buoys. Eventually the racing is finished and we know the identities of the 2011 World Champions !

But the organisers have other plans before the names are announced, with a beautiful end to the most beautiful World Cup in the history of this O'pen BIC to date. All 140 competitors together on the water for a big sail-past towards the nearby island of Brissago. Out on the water there's a lot of excitement ! They leave in close formation rows towards the island, before sailing back towards the mainland to salute the spectators on the beach. A lovely moment.

In the Under 15 category, 7 scores were retained from the 8 races, and it's French rising star Brice Iriex, the 2010 Champion, who retains his title. Leaving Japanese racer Koji Kiuchi in second and Italian Lorenzo Rossi in third.

Same story in the Under 12 category, with 2010 reigning champion, American Geronimo Nores retaining his title. Followed by Florin van Roomen from Switzerland and Yoshihiro Hanada from Japan.

In the Open category, French racer Hugo Stubler led from first to last race to win the world championship ahead of Italian Giacomo Ferrari and another French entrant, Vianney Bergot.

At the prize giving ceremony the same good spirit prevails with a parade of the competing nations, a prize draw for a raft full of goodies, and a special award to the youngest competitor at the regatta... Many thanks to the organisers and competitors for this magnificent Championships, which went off in the best possible conditions and best possible spirit. Whether it's the action on the water or on the beach, the O'pen BIC feeling was respected from beginning to end, making a fantastic event for everyone concerned.

Happy holidays everyone !

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Final rankings all categories

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