The Medal Races were scheduled to take place on two race areas and the short courses made for plenty of excitement as the medals were decided. First up on the North course were the men's 470 with the Finn on the South course whilst the final four women's match race teams completed their semi-final. Two sailors were awarded the overall Kieler Woche trophy, Moana DELLE (GER), RS:X Women and Paul GOODISON (GBR), Laser, both finished every race in first place to win the award.
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At the end of today's racing, the home nation top the medal table with two gold and one silver medal. Poland matched this result but Great Britain have the biggest medal haul, winning six - one gold, three silver and two bronze - and hold their position at the top of the ISAF Sailing World Cup medal table.
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Maybe it was the boat which brought the luck to Lennart BRIESENICK-PUDENZ and Morten MASSMANN (GER) to win the 127th Kieler Woche. The two young students sailing the 2008 Olympic bronze medal winning boat of the Peckolt brothers sailed a consistent series to wear the yellow leader bib today. But in the Medal Race it was the World Cup Standings leaders Paul Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH (GBR) who put in an emphatic performance to take the race win.After a good start the British duo lead the fleet to the first mark and did not fall out of the top three throughout the race.
Finishing second were BRIESENICK-PUDENZ and MASSMANN who secure their first ISAF Sailing World Cup event win. The race win gives CAMPBELL-JAMES and ASQUITH the bronze medal behind Yann ROCHERIEUX and Morgan LAGRAVIERE (FRA) in the silver medal position.
There were four British teams doing battle in the Men's 470 Medal Race but it was Jonathan MCGOVERN and Christian BIRRELL who shone today, taking the race win and with it the silver medal overall. Also collecting 19 ISAF Sailing World Cup points, McGovern and Birrell finally have points on the board from this their third World Cup event. Fourth in the medal race, the 2008 World Champions Nic ASHER and Elliot WILLIS join MCGOVERN and BIRRELL on the podium with the bonze medal.
Third place in the Medal Race was enough give Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) the Kieler Woche victory. Standings leaders, Stuart MCNAY and William MCBRIDE (USA) did not make the Medal Race but finishing eleventh gives them 10 more points to add to their total and extend their lead at the top of the Standings.
At their ISAF Sailing World Cup debut, Lisa WESTERHOF and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) won the gold medal. They were rarely troubled in through this Kieler Woche and although they didn't win the Medal Race their overall win was by a whopping 11 points from the silver medal winning team from Denmark, Henriette KOCH and Lene SOMMER . The Medal Race winners were the young Australian sailors Stacey OMAY and Chelsea HALL and they finish fourth overall. The podium in Kiel was completed by defending champions Ai KONDO and Wakako TABATA from Japan. The silver medal for KOCH and SOMMER extends their lead in the World Cup Standings from three points to 22 points, a healthy cushion before the season finale in Weymouth.
Rafal SZUKIEL (POL) stormed home to win the Medal Race and with it the gold medal. Tied on 20 points at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the race were Deniss KARPAK (EST) and Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO) but sixth place for KARPAK and fourth for the Croatian were not good enough to see off the Polish sailor. The silver medal goes to KLJAKOVIC GASPIC and the bronze to KARPAK. World Cup Standings leader, Ed WRIGHT (GBR) finished seventh in the Medal Race and finishes sixth overall here in Kiel. Adding a further 15 points to his Standings total he will now be impossible to beat at the final event in Weymouth. KLJAKOVIC GASPIC moves up to second place in the standings but just four points ahead of Rafa TRUJILLO VILLAR (ESP).
It was a classic start to finish victory for the gold medallist from China Paul GOODISON (GBR) who won the Medal Race in the Laser class and the 127th Kieler Woche over all. Leading round every mark GOODISON took the bullet ahead of Daniel MIHELIC (CRO) in second and Andreas GERITZER (AUT) in third. Fourth place for Mike Bullot was good enough to secure a place on the podium, his third silver medal of this World Cup series. One step below him is MIHELIC who took the bronze medal and moves two places up the World Cup Standings to second place. GOODISON's third successive win takes him to fourth on the Standings but he will not be able to challenge fellow Brit Nick THOMPSON who adds a further 16 points to his score after finishing fifth here in Kiel.
The American battle for Laser Radial supremacy continued at Kieler Woche. This time it was Paige RAILEY (USA) who sailed the most consistent regatta counting only first and second place finishes. The Medal Race was no exception and the win gives her the gold medal and lifts her into a podium position on the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings. Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) finished the Medal Race in fourth to take the bronze medal and consolidate her position at the top of the Standings.
Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) has sailed another excellent regatta and her second place finish in the Medal Race is also second overall. Tina MIHELIC (CRO) finished fifth overall in Kiel but maintains her position behind TUNNICLIFFE on the Standings, these are the only two sailors to have completed all six World Cup events.
Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) finished as he began, with a race win, to take the gold medal with an outstanding 11 point lead from his nearest rival. Second in the Medal Race was Christian FREIMULLER (GER) with Byunggun LEE (KOR) third but Toni WILHELM (GER) hangs onto the silver medal after finishing fifth.
The top of the Standings are not affected by the results from Kieler Woche as many of the usual suspects of the RS:X fleet did not sail here so, as the final event in Weymouth approaches, João RODRIGUES (POR) leads by two points from Dorian VAN RIJSSELBERGE (NED)
Moana DELLE (GER) did not look troubled throughout this Kieler Woche and the Medal Race was no exception today. With a clean sweep of race wins Delle put in another excellent performance to win the event and another 20 World Cup points. DELLE's 20 points move her up to fourth overall and in contention for an overall podium finish when the ISAF Sailing World Cup finishes in Weymouth in September.
Anna GALECKA (POL) finished the Medal Race in second place to take the silver medal while Tuuli PETAJA (FIN) finishes third overall. Third in the Medal Race was Nikola GIRKE (CAN) and she finishes in sixth place overall to move up the Standings to eighth. Blanca MANCHON (ESP) is unbeatable at the top of the World Cup Standings but the challenge will be on for the final two podium positions in Weymouth.
In second place going into today's Medal Race, the main rival for MARK MENDELBLATT and Mark STRUBE (USA) was British gold medal winning team of Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON who lead by just two points. Mendleblatt and Strube finished second behind Hamish PEPPER and Craig MONK(NZL) but this was enough to give them the gold medal. The American team pick up 20 points to leap four six places up the World Cup Standings to fourth overall. PERCY and SIMPSON finished eighth in the Medal Race with equal points to PEPPER and MONK but the Kiwis race win gives them the silver medal and the Brits the bronze.
Women's Match Racing
First up this morning were the Semi-Finals and winner after the previous stage, Katie SPITHILL (AUS) elected to race Julie BOSSARD and her French team. SPITHILL made short work of BOSSARD, with three straight wins taking her direct to the final. The other semi-final between Nicole SOUTER (AUS) and Renee GROENEVELD (NED) took a little longer with SOUTER taking first blood. GROENEVELD fought back to draw the score at one all but the next two went to SOUTER to set up an all-Australian final.
And it was quite a final as these closely matched teams took it down to the wire. SOUTER took the first two wins and it looked like it might be all over but SPITHILL fought back to win three in a row and take the title.
In the petit-final, BOSSARD beat GROENEVELD with back to back wins to claim the bronze medal for France. SPITHILL, SOUTER and BOSSARD are all new to the ISAF Sailing World Cup which is lead by Lucy MACGREGOR, Annie LUSH and Ally MARTIN (GBR), the only team to have sailed at all three events to host match racing.
There was no Medal Race sailed by the 2.4mR class, which were open for disabled and non-disabled sailors in Kiel. In the fleet race it was again German gold medallist from Sydney Heiko KRÖGER (GER) who had nerves of steel. With a second and third in the last races of the Olympic Classes part of the 127th Kieler Woche KROGER left Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) and Jens Als ANDERSEN (DEN) behind him. With 11 races completed, KROGER wins the gold by five points from SCHMITTER while early fleet leader ANDERSEN completes the podium to win the bronze.
The final event of the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup is Skandia Sail for Gold Regattta in Weymouth, Great Britain from 14-19 September.
ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:
16-21 Dec 2008 - Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 - Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
4-10 April 2009 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 - Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
20-29 June 2009 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain
Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the latest World Cup Standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.