Sporty finale for RS:X North Americans
Published on January 23rd, 2019
Miami, FL (January 23, 2019) – The second and final day of the RS:X North American Championships continued to serve up sporty conditions with three more races held today in 18 to 22 knots. The wind shifted to the east, making the waves a longer than yesterday and the puffs were less drastic, making for much closer racing in the top of the fleets.
The men’s fleet was pushing the line each start, but had only one general recall in the last race of the day. The French men dominated, and while Thomas Goyard missed day one, he came into day two strong, fighting against his teammate Loius Giard to take the win in race four, with Giard finishing second and Japan’s Makoto Tomizawa rounding out the top three. Race five saw Pierre le Coq (FRA) take the win, while Giard won the final race, enough for him to claim the Championship, easily by eleven points ahead of Le Coq and Great Britain’s Tom Squires.
In the women’s and youth fleet, Britain’s Emma Wilson was on fire winning the first two races. Greece’s perennial champion, Gelly Skarlatou, campaigning for her fifth Olympics, crushed the last race with a decisive victory. France’s Hélène Noesmoen, who claimed three bullets in the big breeze on day one, scored two thirds and a seventh today, enough for her to win the 8.5 division.
Miami’s Manu Nores, who sailed consistently with seconds in five of the six races, won the Youth division (under 22), was second overall in the 8.5 division, and took home the Youth North American title. Farrah Hall (USA) was sixth overall and claimed the Women’s North American title while Ignacio Berenguer (MEX) was 15th overall and won the Men’s North American title.
Source: Kathleen Tocke