ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland 2015 wrapped up on Sunday with ten Medal Races deciding the podium finishers, Abu Dhabi World Cup Final qualifiers and prize money recipients.
Weymouth and Portland 2015 World Cup Wraps Up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland, the second World Cup sailed under the new restricted field format wrapped up on Sunday with ten Medal Races deciding the podium finishers, Abu Dhabi World Cup Final qualifiers and prize money recipients.
Laser Radial results
The odds were heavily stacked in Marit Bouwmeester’s NED favour in the Laser Radial after a commanding week of racing.
She held a 15 point advantage over Evi Van Acker BEL and only a near disaster could have seen her knocked off her perch. She sailed well, finishing fourth which was more than enough for gold.
“It has been a really good week for me”, commented Bouwmeester. “I had some steady results and I was happy to take it in today during the Medal Race”.
“I had five first places and two seconds and that was my best scorecard ever, so I am very pleased with that, that’s results wise but todays sailing was a little less brilliant and still a lot to work on”.
Van Acker took the Medal Race victory to confirm silver.
The race for bronze was little bit more tense with plenty of equations possible. Alison Young GBR held the spot overnight however a great performance from Anne-Marie Rindom DEN catapulted her into bronze. Rindom’s second enabled her to remove Young who managed a seventh.
It was a tense finale in the Laser with toos and fros aplenty. Anything was possible with a number of competitors mathematically in with a chance of taking the medals.
Germany’s Phillipp Buhl clinched gold in the nerve racking race. He finished in third but had Tom Burton AUS to thank for him taking gold after he finished in between Buhl and Matthew Wearn AUS. Wearn needed to make up one more spot to pick up gold but Burton held him off on the run to the finish ensuring he missed out by a single point, resulting in silver.
After racing Buhl said, “For myself, the discard in the second race [a 28] made it hard for me to get a medal but I managed to stay consistent through the week and in with a chance for the Medal Race. It turned out to be a gold one which is incredibly surprising”.
“The World Cup in Weymouth has been better than ever of course for me. It’s been nice weather with sun and wind, and not too cold like other years. It’s been a good advert for the event and the venue”.
Tonci Stipanovic CRO had led overnight but struggled in the Medal Race, taking a seventh to complete the podium.
Pavlos Kontides CYP had work to do to push into the podium spots and could only sail his own game and rely on the results. He took the Medal Race victory but ended up three points shy of Stipanovic.