Super Danes Clinch 505 Worlds

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Greg Pratt

With one day of racing still remaining at the SAP 505 Worlds in Seacliff, Australia, Jan Saugmann (skipper) and Morten Ramsbaek have clinched victory. The Super Danes, as the South Australians have been called, won three of the first eight races in the series, dominating a 92-boat fleet that included such hotshot skippers as American Howie Hamlin (currently in third place) and Australian Michael Quirk (currently in 11th).Event spokesman Jordan Spencer reports on Thursday's deciding race:"Race 8 was perhaps consistently stronger, but no windier than 12 knots. After the gains made to the right in the previous race, a large part of the fleet favoured a late start for the second race, to the right, yet most of the guns picked an early to middle start and it was the right call. The boats that worked the middle left early popped out in the lead at the top mark."Leading the pack were the Super Danes. These guys have just not made a mistake this regatta. They have been sailing together for a while and have done 10 of the last 12 Worlds, nearly always in the top 10, but had never won a Worlds heat before."A jinx they have well and truly broken now, at what many are saying has beenthe toughest 505 Worlds in a while."Full results at www.505worlds2007.com