WORLD CUP FINAL WINS TO GREECE AND GREAT BRITAIN11 Jun 2017
After a beautiful, sun-baked, windy week of racing in Santander, the final day on Sunday 11 June saw a light, 6-8 knot, north westerly breeze under grey skies. Although the air temperature was cool, the competitive sailing was hot and five close Medal Races, entwined with gripping and tense narratives, played out on Santander Bay.
Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) lived up to their billing as one of the pre-regatta favourites in the Men's Two Person Dinghy, 470.
The Greek racers had David Bargehr and Lukas Mahr (AUT), Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA) as well as Italy's Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabro close for company all week. They sailed their way to a seventh in the Medal Race to clinch gold, "It was a tough race with many position changes. We tried to stay close to the American and the Austrian. We achieved that. We got nervous at the beginning but we managed to keep up with them.”
The Austrians finished third in the Medal Race to confirm silver. As for the fight for bronze, the Italians took the Medal Race win, handing them the medal as the Americans finished in fourth. The Americans received a four-point penalty after racing but this was irrelative to the overall leaderboard.
Rio 2016 Olympic champion Hannah Mills, sailing with Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) came back into the Women's 470 with a bang, claiming a dominant gold.
Mills and McIntyre had just three days sailing together before the World Cup Final and found their groove quickly, winning five of the weeks 11 races. They finished 19 points clear of Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) whose unbeaten run in 2017 ended.
"We knew exactly what we had to do out there today,” commented McIntyre. "We had a 13-point gap, we couldn't lose. So, for us it was all about controlling the Dutch.”
Mills added, "It was pretty tricky, gusty and shifty so we are glad we pulled that off.”
The Dutch team held on to silver and Spain's Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero completed the podium.
The 2017 World Cup Series has now drawn to a close, and 470 sailors' focus will now shift to the 470 World Championships.
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Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June will be streamed live on World Sailing's Facebook and YouTube Channel.
Saturday Medal Races - RS:X, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Kiteboarding
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Sunday Medal Races - 470, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial
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