Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Peter Hall: 3rd at 2009 Soling World Championships

The 2009 Soling World Championship took place at the Etobicoke YC, and has just concluded. RSt.LYC sailor Peter Hall, along with Phillip Kerrigan and Gavin Flinn, took the 3rd podium spot. 24 crews raced including some heavyweight names, long-standing members of the class, and a strong Canadian contingent. Winners were Canadians Bill Abbott, Paul Davis, and Joanne Abbott. In the middle for 2nd overall was the German team of Roman Koch, Maxi Koch, and Gregor Bornemann. Many readers of Montreal Sailing know Paul Davis, either from racing against him in the Shark class, or buying a North one design sail from him. Readers of Montreal Sailing may also recall Peter Hall putting in a stellar performance in the recent Lightning Masters Championship.

Hall and crew took one bullet, two seconds, and a third out of the 9 races, and pulled ahead of Canadian Olympian Hans Fogh and Brazilian George Nehm who were tied for 4/5th only 3 points back. Fogh actually had more race wins, but Hall was more consistently ahead, and had a lower number as his drop race. Up to the last race, including what would become the dropped race, Nehm was ahead, and Hall and Fogh were tied in points. Actually, winning the regatta was within reach of quite a few boats right to the very end. That's the greatest isn't it?