September 8th, 2015 - After five days of intense fleet racing and 8 races in the beautiful archipelago of Nynäshamn, Sweden, ‘Artemis XIV’ helmed by Norwegian sailor Kristian Nergaard and his crew composed of Johan Barne and Trond Solli Säther wins this year edition of the 5.5 Metre World Championship with the perfect score of 7 points.
5.5m 'Artemis XIV' NOR 57 - World Champion 2015 (photo credit: Per Gillfjard)
PR-Inside.com: 2015-09-08 13:56:22
Summarizing his experience in Sweden, World Champion Kristian says: “The Nynäshamn World was a great championship to us. We are proud but humble with our 7 bullets to win the gold medal. I must honor my great crew Trond and Johan for excellent tactics and boat handling. Finally a special thanks to the Nynäshamn sailing club making the Worlds such a great regatta.”
Finishing in second and third position respectively, the two Bahamian boats, ‘John B’ (Gavin McKinney, Lars Horn Johannessen, Thomas Halberg) and ‘New Moon’ (Mark Holowesko, Peter Vlasov, P.Morland Pedersen) with 3 points only separating them. It is interesting to note that The Nassau Yacht Club and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas will be hosting again the 5.5m Worlds in 2017.
The first boat in the Evolution division, German yacht ‘Alibaba’ is 14th overall and the Italian crew of ‘Tara’ takes the 22nd place overall, first of the Classic division.
Traditionally preceding the 5.5m World Championship, the prestigious Scandinavian Gold Cup, a Nation trophy with one boat per country was won by ’Caracole’ (Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stämpfli) representing France for the occasion.
Swedish ’Pop’s John B’ (J. Busch, V. Hofman-Bang, P. Frösell) won the Hankø Evolution Cup and ‘Tara’ (Mariacristina Rapisardi,M. Bonzanigo, G. Arrivabene) the Royal Kaag Classic Cup.
Altogether a great regatta, with perfectly laid out race courses and friendly atmosphere, organized by a team of volunteers of the Nynäshman Yacht Club (NSS) that is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year!
About the International 5.5 Metre Class Association
The International 5.5 Metre Class is a class of racing yachts initially designed under the rules of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) that is now known as the International Sailing federation or ISAF.
Yachts of the Class are not identical but have to be strictly built according to the Class Rating Rules. We estimate that approximately 800 boats have been built around the World. The Class is divided in three divisions: Modern, Evolution and Classic.
More about the Class at: www.5.5class.org