The cold front forecasted arrived in full on Sunday and the decisive regattas were sailed under a grey sky, with temperatures reaching only 21° C and inconstant winds that delayed the beginning of the competition.
'It was the first time this kind of untie criteria were used, proving the balance of the competition,' said GRAEL, back-to-back winner of Match Race Brasil. 'This Ilhabela leg was one of the most hard-fought and proves the evolution of the match-race sailors in Brazil.'
GRAEL once again pointed out that boat-against-boat competitions are like a chess game. 'You have action and reaction, and are always learning how to play.' GRAEL went on to say he thinks that the third and final leg, to be sailed in Rio de Janeiro from 15-18 September will be an even tighter affair.
GRAEL and FONSECA secured the final berths after defeating SIGNORINI and ADLER in the semi finals. GRAEL won the two first regattas, while FONSECA needed all the three regattas to score a 2-1 win against ADLER, sailing in the weak winds that demanded real technique from the crews.
Before the start of the men's competition, the Nivea Sun Cup were decided on Sunday morning. Caroline BEJAR was the winner, defeating the crew led by Fernanda OLIVEIRA. Adriana KOSTIW and Isabel FICKER tied in the third place.
Match Race Brasil Ilhabela Leg Results
Match Race Brasil Standings After Two Legs