Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity (USA 49) with Victor Diaz de Leon, Willem van Waay and Jud Smith won the 2017 Audi J/70 World Championship hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy. The 167-boat fleet was the largest one-design keel-boat world championship ever sailed.
After two day’s strong Mistral wind delays, three flight races and three gold and silver division races, Relative Obscurity finished with a final score of just 8 points with a 3-1-1-2-1-3 record. Relative Obscurity’s discard was a 3rd place finish as the only boat with no double digit throw-out.
Fleet 9's Jud Smith hereby added an eight Worlds title to his resume.
Henry Brauer's team Rascal (USA 818) came up short of qualifying for Gold Fleet after two starting penalties. Three top ten finishes in Silver Fleet, including a final race horizon job on the fleet, moved Henry's team up the ranks to a second overall finish in Silver Fleet in the 48-boat Corinthian Division.
Brian Keane with Team Savasana (USA 96) finished in 2nd place overall just 13 points behind Relative Obscurity dampening European hopes of a top two spot.