Gellusseau savours champagne moment

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The Solent sun shone on a champagne finish to the first Ancasta Mumm 36 World Championship, as skipper Luc Gellusseau steered Corum Watches to a well-deserved and popular win yesterday, writes Stuart Alexander from Hamble.

In eight races, the Frenchman's worst result was 14th in the first, and of the remaining seven he won two and was second in two. In yesterday's finale of a well-laid 20-mile course around a series of buoys, he had to stay ahead of the American Jim Brady in No Problem, who started the day only 0.75 of a point behind.

But things were not to go Brady's way, and he was pushed back into fifth as Gellusseau climbed to third and then finished second. "The class is fantastic because all the boats are so similar and the crews are the best you can find," Gellusseau said.

Brady was understandably disconsolate, and Germany's Admiral's Cup team entry, Thomas Friese's I Punkt in the hands of helmsman Glenn Bourke and tactician John Kostecki, could feel a little unlucky with third, also having two wins to their credit.

Things did not go well for Mike Golding, the skipper of Britain's CMAC team boat, Group 4. They broke a boom on the first day in blustery conditions, kinked their mast on the second day of hard-weather inshore sprints, and yesterday were last to finish.

One person smiling was Adrian Stead, crewing on Vuarnet. "We felt seventh was quite good after a wobbly start on the first day," he said. "The second set of three races went a lot better and that all helps confidence as Andy Beadsworth and I move over to join Harry Cudmore on the 40ft boat in the British Admiral's Cup team."

MUMM 36 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Leading final results: 1 Corum Watches (L Gellusseau, Fr) 41.25pts; 2 No Problem (J Brady, US) 45; 3 Thomas Friese's I Punkt (G Bourke, Ger) 45.5; 4 Mumm A Mia (E Owen, It) 47.75; 5 Kateie (T Dodson, Bel) 76.

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