Santa Cruz resident Mike Holt and Carl Smit, sailing IO Integration, won the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship, which ran Sept. 20 through Friday on Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis.
Holt and Smit clinched the championship with one race to spare thanks to a dominant performance on the fourth day of the competition. They were able to place 15th in Race 3. Otherwise, they took fifth in Race 4 and posted five top-3 finishes with wins in race Nos. 2 and 6.
“It does make us proud, because we’ve always been considered heavy air sailors,” Holt, who owns a software integration firm, told sail-world.com. “To come here to Annapolis and be able to win a world championship held in a range of conditions is just brilliant.”