Friday, October 04, 2013

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club won the World Shark 24 sailing championships in Robel/Muritz, Germany on Wednesday October 2nd, defeating 45 other boats from Canada,  Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Austria. The race was convened under the auspices of the International Sailing Federation.

Using a borrowed boat provided by the host Robel Sailing Club, the RHYC team led by Keven Piper along with teammates Tom Nelson and Jordin Clark, won the nine-race series with a total point standing of 31.0.

Sailing under the name of their Hamilton-based sailboat "Bedlam," the Hamilton-based crew was tied with an Austrian-based boat following the four-day regatta but was awarded the pennant during the tie-breaking process where the team with the highest number of first place finishes is awarded the trophy. Both Bedlam and the Austrian entrant "Alaska" had two first-place finishes but Bedlam prevailed with and additional two second-place finishes during the nine separate races.

Two other Canadian yachts finished in the top ten with "Eager for More", captained by Greg Cockburn of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and "Devil with a Blue Dress On" helmed by John Brunt from the National Yacht Club in Toronto finishing third and fourth respectively.

Piper's crew was in eighth position after the first day of racing as they struggled with the sails and rigging on the borrowed boat but moved up the standings with a second-place finish in the long distance race Tuesday. They continued their streak posting first, second and third place finishes in the three-race finale on Wednesday. Piper, Nelson and Clark has been sailing together for more than a decade and won the North American Shark Championships last year.