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Simmons claims IOD World title

Bermuda sailor Eugene “Penny” Simmons has won the International One Design World Championship in Fjaerholmen, Toensberg, Norway.

The Bermuda Sports Hall of Famer claimed an eighth overall IOD world title after pipping Martin Rygh, of Norway, on a countback for the top honour today.

The sailors remained deadlocked with 23 points apiece after discarding their worst scores.

But Simmons, who sailed with crew Matthew Cairney, Steven King, D'Arcey Betschart and wife Sacha, was declared the winner having scored first-place finish in the third race, which ultimately tipped the scale in his favour.

Rounding off the podium finishers was Charlie van Voorhis, of the United States, who finished a further point adrift of Simmons and Rygh in third.

The championships comprised of a seven-race series involving 14 teams from five countries.

Sailor Penny Simmons is the new IOD world champion.

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Published June 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm (Updated June 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm)

Simmons claims IOD World title

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