GOLDS TO CROATIA AND BRAZIL AT ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP HYERES26 Apr 2015
The fan was turned up for the final day at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères as an exciting finale played out. 18-20 knots of breeze ensured the regatta concluded with thrills and spills aplenty, with 7 of the 10 Olympic fleets enjoying live broacasts.
Across the ten Olympic disciplines, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères medals were awarded, a share of the €72,000 was distributed and ISAF Sailing World Cup Final spots were picked up.
It was a winner takes all scenario in the Women's 470 with any of the top four capable of taking gold.
Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA), Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR), Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) and Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA) were all in the running with the capabilities to command and conquer.
In a close, exciting race Medal Race Brazil's Oliveira and Barbachan came out of the blocks with intent and led at the first mark. They made some gains on the downwind but had Japan's Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka for company on the second lap. The Japanese pair passed the Brazilians to take the bullet but it was irrelevant as the Brazilians were well clear of their rivals and finished in second to take gold.
"The points were so close," explained Oliveira. "We thought that we must do our job and sail our own race. We thought about the points and the other boats but we just focused on us. It was perfect. We finished second in the race and we're so happy.
"It was our goal to win here and we worked very hard for this and we got it. It's amazing, we're so happy."
Aleh and Powrie came through in third in the Medal Race to move up into silver medal position. "It's a great way to finish," commented Aleh. "It's been a tough week. The Brazilians have been great all week and it was an exciting Medal Race with us all fighting it out."
Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA) followed behind the Kiwis and clinched bronze. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) missed out on the podium by a single point.
Top Three Women's 470
1.Fernanda Oliveira & Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA) - 45
2. Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL) - 53
3. Camille Lecointre & Helene Defrance (FRA) - 54
It was clear for all to see that Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic's (CRO) winter training paid off. The pair ended came into the Medal Race 25 points clear of Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) to claim the gold medal a day early.
Fantela and Igor got off to a great start in the windiest and roughest sea state that the competition had seen all week to finish seventh in the fleet, ending the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères on an impressive 40 points.
The fight for second and third place however was much less certain.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) rounded the first mark in pole position. They held their lead throughout the race and went on the claim the Medal Race victory which handed them silver. Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) finished just four points behind the Australians in third place.
1. Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic (CRO) - 40
2. Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (AUS) - 55
3. Luke Patience & Elliot Willis (GBR) - 59
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