Hunger and Kleiner win SAP 505 Worlds in dramatic fashion
Going into the final race, the Germans held a three-point advantage over Mike Holt/Carl Smit (USA) with a drop in place.
Up the final beat, Holt/Smit tried to sail the Germans back into the fleet. It had its effect, but a bit late.
A match race of sorts, there was a lot of shouting about rules between the two. Everyone watching was spellbound by what unfolded. Holt pinned Hunger, who was getting frustrated, as tack upon tack ensued almost the whole way to the finish line.
Kleiner said he had never seen the tactics Holt/Smit employed on the final beat in 505 competition before. “I have never seen it happen in the 505,” he said amazed.
Hunger was not impressed with Holt’s tactics up the final beat “I don’t understand wanting to win so much. I don’t do this to win, I sail always to see what more I can get out of the boat and do with the boat; that is what is important to me.”
For Holt, his and Smit’s ambitions were cut and dried: “The game plan was to win the race and to win the Worlds. When we saw the situation as it developed, we tried to sail him back into the fleet, because we knew we couldn’t catch Howie (Hamlin).
“We raced a good regatta, but they (the Germans) were better,” Holt acknowledged.