By just two points, the Americans grabbed back the crown from Argentina as Terry Hutchinson in Quantum held on to beat Alberto Roemmers Jr’s Matador in the TP52 World Championship off Valencia, Spain.
Hutchinson had been the Audi MedCup and world champion in 2008 only to be pipped by Matador last year. Only one race could be sailed on the final day of this year’s worlds and the two boats were so far ahead of the rest that it came down to a private match race between the two. Matador was one place ahead at the finish, but Quantum’s three-point margin was enough to clinch the deal.
In Bermuda, the Argo-sponsored Gold Cup grand prix on the World Match Race Tour saw Ben Ainslie, who had only scraped through to the knockout phase, beat New Zealander Adam Minoprio in their quarter-final to put Team Origin in the final phase on Sunday.