USA in hunt at World Cup Series Final

Published on June 8th, 2017

Santander, Spain (June 8, 2017) – Sailing’s 2017 World Cup Series Final reached its mid-point today as sailors continue to fight for position across the ten Olympic and Open Kiteboarding events.

Today’s racing saw exceptional sailing conditions with an 11-16 knot breeze, gusting 25 knots, for the deep field of Olympic medallists and World Champions all focusing on reaching Saturday’s live Medal Races and to be in with a chance at claiming a medal.

Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA) pulled themselves firmly into contention in the Men’s Two Person Dinghy, 470, after a day that featured two race wins. The victories put them within sight of leaders Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) and two points off David Bargehr and Lukas Mahr (AUT).

Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) held on to his lead in the Men’s One Person Dinghy, Laser, after a 12th, which he discards and a sixth. Charlie Buckinham (USA), Philipp Buhl (GER) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) remain in the hunt.

In the 49erFX, the Women’s Skiff, Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) advanced after a three second places and now lead. Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) beat the Brazilians in the opening two races of the day and had held the lead going into the final race. Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois snapped up the final race win and the Brazilians maintained consistency, coming through in second.

The British racers finished sixth and now trail the Brazilians by a single point.

An interesting battle is developing at the front of the Women’s One Person Dinghy fleet between Belgium’s Evi van Acker and Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom. The pair, both Olympic medallists, are fighting tooth and nail with minimal separation.

Three points split the pair and they’re enjoying the battle, “It’s always exciting to compete with Evi because she is really good, she fights a lot and wants to win,” commented Rindom. “I think it’s great fun to compete against her and I am looking forward to the next couple of days.

Van Acker echoed her rival, “She is a good sailor and always has been. It is really cool to have good rivalry with Anne-Marie.”

The rivalry seems to bring out the best in the pair. Van Acker snapped up a fourth and a first and is on nine points and Rindom is on 12 points after a third and second. They have opened up a good advantage over Vasileia Karachaliou, winner of the American World Cup who has plenty of sailors chasing her down.

Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) held on to his lead in the Men’s One Person Dinghy, Laser, after a 12th, which he discards and a sixth. Charlie Buckinham (USA), Philipp Buhl (GER) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) remain in the hunt.

Brazilian Women’s RS:X Windsurfer Patricia Freitas continued her form from the previous day’s racing with a 2-3-6 scorecard. Freitas was relaxed ashore after racing and commented, “It was good, I maintained my first position and extended my lead by two points.

“It was a tricky day with lot of gusts and shifty conditions but we were lucky that the wind kept picking up. The weather was beautiful but it got chilly towards the end.”

Although she felt the cold, Freitas seems to be warming up and has a six point advantage over American World Cup winner Yunxiu Lu (CHN).

Kiran Badloe (NED), Louis Giard (FRA), Shahar Zubari (ISR) and Piotr Myzska (POL) are embroiled in a compelling battle in the Men’s Windsurfer. The quartet are sharing the leading positions in the Men’s RS:X fleet races and just nine points split them with three fleet races remaining.

French World Cup winner Nico Parlier (FRA) is untouchable in the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding, sailing the perfect day.

The young Frenchman won six consecutive races and now holds a huge 20-point lead over Riccardo Leccese (ITA). Defending World Cup Final Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) is tied for second with Leccese.

In the Women’s 470 fleet, Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) snapped up their third race win of a week and followed with a second. They lead on seven points, five clear of Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) who won the day’s other race.

James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) sailed consistently in the Men’s Skiff, 49er, and move to first overall. A 2-3-2 scoreline gives them an advantage over Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell (GBR). Overnight leaders Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) drop to third.

Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) sailed a great day, recording a 5-2-1 to move into the top ten for the first time this week.

Ed Wright (GBR) had a mixed day in the Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy, Finn, after a third and a discarded 15th. He still holds the lead but Ben Cornish (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST) posted a first and a fourth each and remain close to Wright.

Spain’s Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco maintained their exceptional run of results in the Mixed Multihull, Nacra 17, to extend their lead. Tom Phipps and Nicola Boniface (GBR), John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) and Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) are battling it out for two podium places with three points splitting the trio.

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More than 260 sailors from 41 nations have registered to race across the ten Olympic events and Open Kiteboarding at the World Cup Final. As the culmination of the 2017 World Cup Season, racing is scheduled on June 6 to 11 with live Medal Races on Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11 will bring the 2017 series to a close.

Competing for North America:
• Canada: Tom Ramshaw (Finn), Kyle Martin (Finn), Catherine Dufour (IKA Formula Kite).
• Mexico: Juan Bosco Varela Barba (RS:X Men).
• USA: Stu McNay/ David Hughes (470 Men), Wiley Rogers/ Jack Parkin (470 Men), Andrew Mollerus/ Matthew Mollerus (49er Men), Charlie Buckingham (Laser Men), Chris Barnard (Laser Men) Haddon Hughes (Laser Radial Women).

 

Background: The World Cup Series is a world-class, annual series of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors. Over 2,000 of the World’s leading sailors, representing over 75 nations have competed in the World Cup Series which offers a definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in the Olympic sailing world. For more information and criteria … click here.

2017 Sailing World Cup Series
Miami, USA (January 22-29)
Hyeres, France (April 25-May 1)
Santander, Spain – Final (June 4-11)

Source: World Sailing

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