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David Hernandez is crowned the world champion of the Sunfish Worlds Bonaire.

The open category orf the Sunfish Worlds Bonaire closed on Friday, and, as expected, the last day of the races was characterized by little wind. Nevertheless, the race committee managed to set up the three remaining races, much to the satisfaction of the sailors who, when completing the full series of 12 races, were allowed to discard the two lowest scores for the final results.

Top three contenders were sailing for Peru and Guatamala.

That resulted in a top three from the South and Central American countries Peru and Guatamala, with only a one-point difference!

Hernández (sail number 4942), who already won two races earlier in the week, continued his triumphal march on the last day and received the trophy with loud cheers.

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Second and third place went to the Peruvian Renzo Sanguinti and his compatriot Alonso Collantes. During the award ceremony, the 10 best Sunfish sailors were traditionally given a podium place and a trophy, presented by the ISCA (International Sunfish Class Association) chairman of the board Richard Chapman and organizer Ton Nuijten.
In fourth place the Colombian Simon Gomez Ortiz finished ex aequo with the Curaçao-born Eugene Hendrikx, who had to settle for fifth place due to a lower score in the last race, but nevertheless achieved a good result.

The 2018 champion, Jean-Paul de Trazegnies finished in sixth. The top ten was completed by the American Eugene Schmitt (7) Andre Quitero from Colombia (8), Alejandro Mago (9, Peru) and Matias Rosenberg (10) from Guatamala.

There were prizes for the youngest and oldest sailor and Chinese sailor Nancy Huang Yineng received the Marco Polo prize for the sailor who had to travel furthest to participate.

Five participants from Curaçao ended up among the 21 best Sunfish sailors: Tijn van der Gulik, who sailed for Aruba (12), his brother Bas (16), and their father Hans (21), Derek Bongaertz (20) and Curaçao champion 2019 Darius Berenos (17).

Of the 13 participants from Bonaire, Sipke Stapert performed the best and finished in 27th place.

On to Week #2 of the Sunfish Worlds Bonaire.

Although the overall champion is known, the sailing event is not over yet. Today, the first races began in the Masters and Youth categories. The award ceremony and the closing of the event will take place on Wednesday evening at the Plaza Beach Resort, the event’s headquarters.

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(Source:  Sunfish Worlds Bonaire)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


 

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