The end of the ISAF World Cup in Weymouth saw yes more British success. It was Nick Dempsey who raced to victory in the men’s RS:X division and Bryony Shaw who finished top Brit in the ladies taking second. But, even more promising was the fantastic racing on show by the younger British riders – Tom Squires taking second and Issy Hamilton dropping out of the medals but showing she absolutely has the skills to beat the best in the world.
Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini won gold in the Women’s RS:X after overnight leader Isobel Hamilton (GBR) sailed the wrong course.
Instead of heading to the leeward gate in advance of the finish she missed it and went straight to the finish line. Upon noticing her error she was forced to retire which dropped her out of the medals.
For the Italian, it was pure joy and a second behind race winner Bryony Shaw (GBR) gave her gold, “It was a really tough race and we were really close with points,” commented Tartaglini.
“We were all really close so it was all about the Medal Race. It was really exciting. The four people who could win were all together around the first mark so it was a straight race between the four of us.”
With Hamilton out of the equation, Shaw’s bullet handed her a silver medal. Tuuli Petaja (FIN) came through in bronze.
Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey rounded off a solid week of action with a third in the Medal Race to seal gold. The Briton rarely finished out of the top two throughout the week and was rightly rewarded.
“For me the event has really gone to plan. It’s been six or seven weeks since the last World Cup in Hyeres and I didn’t do so well there so I wanted to get out on the water and perform again,” commented Dempsey, silver medallist at London 2012.
Dempsey’s compatriot Tom Squires (GBR) had a medal sewn up in advance of the Medal Race with the colour to be decided. A ninth kept him in silver medal position, 18 points off Dempsey.
The battle for bronze was far from straight forward. A number of competitors had the opportunity to seize it but Cho Wonwoo (KOR) managed to get the job done with a bullet. For Mattia Camboni (ITA) it was heartbreak as he finished on the same points as the Korean, missing out via countback.