Britain’s sailors wrapped up their Miami World Cup regatta in style on Saturday (29 January), adding 12 medals in the Olympic classes to the two already won by the Paralympic classes on Friday.
The total Skandia Team GBR haul at the end of the Rolex Miami OCR stands at four gold, five silver, and five bronze medals across nine of the 12 events they contested, with GBR sailors claiming a clean sweep of the podium spots in both the Finn and 49er classes.
Skandia Team GBR took silver in both the men’s and women’s RS:X windsurfing events. Bryony Shaw finished fourth in the medal race to narrow the gap on Spanish gold medallist Marina Alabau, while Nick Dempsey couldn’t quite overcome Dorien van Rijsselberge in the men’s event, finishing fourth to the Dutchman’s fifth in the final race to see him finish two points behind in second overall.
In the 30-strong RS:X Women’s (windsurfing) fleet, Spain’s Marina Alabau seemed untouchable here. With eight races in her lead-up series, she had six of those counting as victories. Today she finished 7th, which was good enough for Gold and a five-point spread over Silver Medalist Bryony Shaw (GBR) and another six over Bronze medalist Laura Linares (ITA). Alabau has won the last three Rolex Miami OCRs and says the competition this year has been the toughest. “It is closer to the Olympics and the level is higher. Everybody is more prepared."
In RS: X Men’s, with 37 boards, Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) kept his early regatta lead to finish fifth today and take the Gold Medal. Only two points behind him was Nick Dempsey (GBR) for Silver. Julien Bontemps (FRA) surged past Nimrod Mashiah (ISR) on the scoreboard today to take the Bronze. He was second to Mashiah’s sixth today and shared the same overall points, but the tiebreaker favored Mashiah.
Full results at www.ussailing.org