NZL Sailing Team: Tom Saunders wins Laser/ILCA7 world title in Barcelona
No races were completed today on the final day of the 2021 ILCA 7 World Championships. After a period of waiting, the race committee decided that although the wind was blowing about 15–18 knots, the waves were too large and out of control to carry out successful races. Racing was called for the day, which ended the regatta and maintained results from Day 5.
New Zealand’s Thomas Saunders secured his title as world champion, Ireland’s Finn Lynch locked in silver, and rounding out the podium was Croatia’s two-time Olympic medalist Tonči Stipanović.
The new world champion, visibly happy about his achievement, said it was the “result of good harmony, communication, and trust with my coach throughout the championship.”
The awards ceremony was held at 18:30 by the president of the Catalan Sailing Federation, Xavier Torres, the president of the Real Club Marítimo de Barcelona, Miquel Delclòs, and ILCA representative, Andrus Poski.
The championship was held at the Barcelona International Sailing Center (BISC) facilities. The regatta was organized by the Catalan Sailing Federation, the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, and the Real Club Marítimo de Barcelona, with the collaboration of World Sailing, ILCA, the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, the Government of Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council, and the Barcelona Provincial Council.
After concluding this championship, BISC is preparing to host the ILCA Masters World Championships November 13–20, which will bring together nearly 300 sailors from 29 countries around the world.
Results and standings after the final day of the Laser/ILCA7 world championships in Barcelona: (135 boats)
1st: Tom Saunders (NZL) 3 4 7 2 (37) 1 4 2 – 23 points 2nd: Finn Lynch (IRE) 3 6 8 10 (16) 7 2 1 – 37 pts 3rd: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) 11 3 6 2 11 8 24 (35) – 65 pts
18th: George Gautrey (NZL) 23 8 15 24 6 32 7 (64) – 115 pts
Full results here
event website here