The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final produced a fascinating opening day in Abu Dhabi, and it was business as usual for several of the defending champions setting out again on a gold medal course.
With a strong breeze blowing in from the land from early morning, the organisers brought the start of the first day’s racing forward by two hours to take advantage of excellent sailing conditions.
Sailing World Cup Final started with two races in Abu Dhabi
Tom Burton AUS is one of athletes who’s clearly enjoying the conditions in Abu Dhabi. The defending champion scored one race win and a second place to lead the 20-boat Laser fleet from five-times Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt BRA who picked up a pair of third places.
Third place is for 2015 Laser class champion Nick Thompson GBR (5-6).
Lying fourth is first race winner Jesper Stalheim SWE, and there is plenty of racing ahead in the Laser class as the chance for the athletes to discard their worst race result kicks in tomorrow.
Sailing World Cup Final – Laser Radial
Marit Bouwmeester NED leads the Laser Radial class on four points after one race win and a third place finish. The day’s other race win went to Alison Young GBR, but a 12th in the second race leaves her in 7th overall.
Marie Bolou FRA (2-3) is just one point behind in 2nd. Third and fourth are Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Ashley Stoddart AUS, both with 9 units.
Sponsored by ADS Securities and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final sent 144 competitors from 37 countries into action at ADSYC to contest eight of the ten classes chosen for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as an open kiteboarding competition.
After three days of fleet racing, the top ten athletes from each of the eight Olympic sailing classes, as well as the open kiteboarding competition, will move forward into Sunday’s medal races to decide who leaves Abu Dhabi with World Cup gold, silver and bronze.