Vaikobi's Aussie Team came home with plenty of medals after the ICF Ocean Racing Worlds in Portugal.
In the Overall Men's Title, Vaikobi's Tim Jacobs paddled what he termed as the "hardest and most honest" race to finish 2nd behind South Africa's Sean Rice, who emerged as the inaugural World Champion. Aussie Cory Hill finished behind TJ to claim remaining place on the podium. Well done guys and I am sure this has fuelled TJ to go one better next year.
Other Medals were earned for the Australian Team by Julie Jenkinson (Women Gold Masters 45-49) Michael Booth (U/23 Bronze), Jim Walker (Silver Master 40-44), TK (Silver Masters 60-64)
The Doubles were held on Day 2 and due to lack of boats, the event was split up to accommodate all.
In the Mens Doubles, Tom Norton and Michael Booth teamed up to claim silver.
In the Mixed Doubles exhibition race, Tim Jacobs teamed up with SouthAfrica's new Womens World Champ, Michelle Eray. In the final sprint to the finished with TJ and Eray overtaking, Jasper & Nikki Mocke impeded their run to the finish and were subsequently disqualified after hitting the beach ahead of the TJ / Eray combo. Congratulations to Tim and Michelle.
Overall it was a fantastic effort by the Australian Team in an overall field of 380 competitors. Congratulations to all who represented their country at this first World Championship.
Photo's courtesy of Portugal ICF Ocean Racing Worlds and globalsurfski.com
Australian Team Overall Results Below:
Tim Jacobs, 2nd
Sam Norton 3rd
Michael Booth 11th (3rd U/23)
Greg Tobin 17th
Mark Anderson 20th
Jim Walker 29th (2nd Masters 40-44)
Mackenzie Hynard 34th (6th U/23)
Sam Djodan 43rd
David Tudor Jones 44th (4th Masters 40-44)
Tommy Woodriff 47th
Luke OGarey 72th
Peter Hinds 75th
Nick Wagner 84th
Rob Jenkinson 99th
Richard Eadie 110th
Michael Rawson 116th
Joey Joseph 134th
Craig Graham 152nd
Tony King 170th
Hannah Minogue 180th (9th Womens)
Julie Jenkinson 221 (1st Womens Master 45-49)
Bridgett Little 237
Jamie Brinkworth 244th
Neil Carlyle 248
Tim Hookins 268th
Sean Mackenzie 274th