Pols brothers win Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta 2009
On Thursday November 26 in Aruba, Emmanuel Dodé and Fred Moreau from France won the 2009 Dart 18 World Title with one race to spare, with seven bullets and two seconds. A crack in the back beam almost put an end to their attempt to prolong their title, however the strong French team spirit brought them back to finish the job. British duo David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce won silver, and Germans Matthias Huber and Dominik Volke took home the bronze following cancellation of the final day’s racing due to 28 knot winds.
"Nobody has ever won the Dart 18 World Title twice in a row, so that was my goal for this year", said Dodé, "and it was the French team that made it happen, as everybody helped us solving the problem with the boat."
"We are not happy with silver,” Lloyd said. "We have had a fabulous season so far. We won the Dutch, Belgian and UK Inland Nationals with one race to spare and now we are second. It is my fifth podium finish in a row, but I still miss a first position. Joanna also took two silver medals before, so I really wanted to win here." According to Lloyd, the incredible upwind speed of the French winners made the biggest difference.
"This is outstanding,” said Matthias Huber of the German team of their third place. "We were looking forward to the last fight with Thierry Wibaux, but of course we are also very happy with this result." In 2008, Huber and Volke won the German Nationals and finished eleventh at the Worlds in the Netherlands.
Xander Pols and his brother Marc Pols easily won the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta the same week with their F18 Nacra Infusion. Marc Pols enjoyed the week’s sailing: "It was spectacular racing and our boat handling was fast. I think the strong breeze was an advantage for us, as we can manage these conditions pretty well." The Dutch F18 sailors John Moret and Paul Smissaert stayed upright on the final day of racing and climbed back to second position overall. Leo Ambtman and Maarten Kroon dropped to the third place.
In other Dart 18 News, on November 26 at the Annual General Meeting, “We proudly announced the Aruban Dart 18 Class Association,” said Nicolette van Gorp, Chairman of the International Dart Association (IDA). "Over the last few years, the Aruban Dart 18 fleet has grown from one to seven boats at the moment." It was the first time that the island has hosted a World Championship for catamarans. Next year’s Worlds will be in Weymouth, England.
According to event organizer Edwin Lodder (NED) the twentieth edition of the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta is going to be a true jubilee: "In 2010, we will try to bring as many former and new competitors together in another great sailing week on Aruba. Hopefully, the exposure to the ten countries that were represented this year will bring new sailors to the Caribbean." For information: www.arubaregatta.com, www.dartworlds2009.com.
Report submitted by Aruba Catamaran Regatta and Dart 18 Worlds
Dart 18 Worlds 2009
Final top five after nine races and one discard:
FRA – Emmanuel Dodé & Fred Moreau, 9 points
GBR – David Lloyd & Joanna Jones-Pierce, 20 points
GER – Matthias Huber & Dominik Volke, 30 points
NED – Ruud Goudriaan & Bart Damen, 37 points
NED – Nicolette van Gorp & Ruud van Gisbergen, 45 points
Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta
Final top three after nine races and one discard:
NED – F18 – Xander & Mark Pols, 7 points
NED – F18 – John Moret & Paul Smissaert, 18 points
NED – Tornado – Leo Ambtman & Maarten Kroon, 23.5 points