ISAF Sailing World Cup Final – Medal Day in Abu Dhabi
The final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, produced mixed fortunes for the British Sailing Team with gold medals for Bryony Shaw (RS:X), Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470) and Oliver Bridge (kiteboard), but anticipated podium finishes in the Laser, Finn and Radial events failed in the medal races.
Tom Squires sixth place in the men’s RS:X medal race lifted him onto the podium for a bronze, but that was the end of the medals for Britain.
In the Laser, Nick Thompson stated the medal race in third place but an eighth place finish dropped him to sixth overall. Similarly in the Finn, Ed Wright started in second but a fifth place dropped him off the podium to fourth overall.
Alison Young in the Radial had battled her way back into contention on Saturday and started the medal race in fourth, but a tenth on Sunday dropped her back to eighth overall.
In the 49er, Rory and Neil Hunter had been competitive all week but dropped away in the medal race to finish fifth overall.
Britain’s Oliver Bridge won the decisive medal race to retain his open kiteboarding title.
Most event winners were as expected, but there was a suprise in the Radial where Sweden’s Josefin Olsson took gold ahead of defending champion Marit Bouwmeester. With Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark taking the bronze.
Australian Tom Burton took a comfortable gold in the Laser, with Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus winning the medal race to snatch the silver ahead of Matt Wearn of Australia.
Finn gold went to Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic of Croatia with Alican Kaynar taking silver and Pablo Guitian of Spain the bronze.
Ivan Pastor Lafuente’s win in the men’s RS:X medal race gave him the gold ahead of Ricardo Santos of Brazil, Britain’s Tom Squires taking bronze. With women’s RS:X gold for Shaw, silver went to Flavia Tartaglini of Italy and bronze to Patricia Freitas of Brazil.
In the men’s 470, Mathew Belcher and William Ryan of Australia confirmed their gold with a win in the medal race, silver to Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström of Sweden and bronze to Stuart Mcnay and David Hughes of the USA.
The women’s 470 gold went to Mills and Clark, with silver for Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar of Austria and bronze to Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka of japan.
Nico Delle-Karth and Nikolaus Resch of Austria took 49er gold, Stefano Cherin and Andrea Tesei of Italy the silver, Gabriel Skoczek and Yann Rocherieux of Italy the bronze.
After Bridge won the medal race to take the Kiteboard gold, Florian Trittel od Spain took silver and Alejandro Climent Hernandez, Spain the bronze.