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2008 World Championship Gear Guide

With the highly successful 2008 World Championship over, it is time to review some of the gear used by the top salors.

21 year old Matt Mee was sailing a standard hull from Winder Boats with Pinnell and Bax sails on a Selden Cumulus rig, setup by Richard Wagstaff (the crew) from Winder Boats'. 

David Wade/Ben McGrane were sailing a very similar setup, put together by David who works for Pinnell & Bax. The other 21 year olds in the top 3, Nathan Stockley and Sam Muirhead, 

were sailing a 10 year old boat from Young Marine with a standard John Clifton Sails setup on a SuperSpar M7+.

Pinnell & Bax dominated the selection of sails in the top 10, but there were 5 different boat builders from 4 different countries, including Singapore. 

This shows the strenght of the class's one design rules. It was also great to see a full range of ages of competitors from 20 to 70 sailing the fireball, and a with a strong mix of women throughout the fleet.

Gear used by the top 10:


PosHelmCrewHelm Weight (kg)Crew Weight (kg)HullMastSailsFoils
1Matt MeeRichard Wagstaff6480WinderSelden - CumulusPinnell & BaxWinder
2David WadeBen McGrane6980WinderSelden - CumulusPinnell & BaxWinder
3Nathan StockleySam Muirhead6784YMSSuperspar - M7+Clifton SailsYMS
4Greg AllisonRichard Watson6580AFM/Kelly MarineSelden - CumulusClifton/Pinnell & Bax(Mainsail)YMS
5Tomas MusilJan Stantejsky6880Xtreme Sailing ProductsSuperspar - M7+Pinnell & BaxXtreme Sailing Products
6Heather MacfarlaneChris Payne5777AFM/Kelly MarineGoldsparIrwin Sails/North(Spinnaker)YMS/Kelly Marine(rudder)
7Richard EstaughRob Gardener7480WinderSuperspar - M7+Speed SailsWinder
8Eric MoserRuedi Moser7476DuvoisinSelden - CumulusPinnell & Bax/Speed Sails(Spinnaker)Duvoisin/Winder(rudder)
9Vince HoreyAndrew Thompson6882WinderSelden - CumulusPinnell & BaxWinder
10Richard MasonSimon Hextall7879WinderSelden - CumulusPinnell & BaxWinder

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