The sailors were ready to go if the wind ever showed, and their patience eventually paid off, with enough “wind” rustling the sails to finally complete one race in each category, U13 and U17, before it disappeared again.

It was just enough to get a race in and find the winners of the 2018 O’pen BIC World Championships. Both races were close, in the U13 Australia’s Breanne Wadley took first place, with Poland’s Janka Dmochowska second, and Spain’s Mariona Ventura giving home fans some cheer, third.

A clean sweep for New Zealand in the U17, Jacob Pye, Mattias Coutts and Cailen Rochford finishing 1-2-3 respectively. Well done everyone for managing to race in such challenging conditions.
For the full results, you can see them here :
Congratulations to everyone who took part, for their patience, involvement and their result, wherever they finished.
New Zealand has made its O’pen BIC presence felt here in Areneys. And both winners are from the southern hemisphere. Russell Coutts is promising good winds when the O’pen BIC World Chamionships visits his home town of Manly in New Zealand in 2019, but the only way to find out is by making the trip.
Great sailing, and see you next year !