New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke claimed their sixth 49er class World Championship title after producing a superb final day of racing.
Organisers had been forced to reschedule yesterday’s competition at the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships.
Two races in each class were rescheduled to take place before today’s medal race at the Geelong Yacht Club in Australia.
Burling and Tuke had begun the day in second place, one point behind leaders Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl of Austria.
The New Zealand crew immediately took control of the event by winning the opening race of the day, with the Bildstein and Hussl challenge fading after ending 20th.
Burling and Tuke triumphed again in the second race, before finishing as runners-up in the medal race.
The results confirmed the pairing had clinched a record sixth world title in the event as they ended the competition with 38 points.
The duo, who will now turn their attentions to New Zealand’s America’s Cup defence, finished 20 points clear of runners-up Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra of Spain.
Germany’s Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel rounded off the podium places by finishing with 60 points.
Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen and Paula Barcelo saw off the challenge of British rivals Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey to win gold in the 49erFX class.
The two crews were the opening teams in contention for victory prior to the medal race, with the highest finishers assured of taking the title.
Echegoyen and Barcelo finished clear of the British team to take the title with an overall score of 42 points.
Runners-up Dobson and Tidey ended 10 points behind their eventual winners, wth the United States’ Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea placing third on 84.
Britain’s John Gimson and Anna Burnet produced a superb final day of racing to clinch the Nacra 17 title.
The duo took advantage of the competition doubling as the Australian selection race for Tokyo 2020, which led to Nathan and Haylee Outteridge racing tactically against Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin.
Gimson and Burnet clinched victory in the medal race to end the competition with a winning total of 67 points.
There was a mix of delight and disappointment for the Outteridge siblings, as they appear to have won the race for Australia’s Olympic selection but missed out on the world title after ending on 68 points.
The podium was completed by Waterhouse and Darmanin, who finished with 77 points.