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|Delta Lloyd Photos|
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At the end of today's racing, Great Britain finished on top of the medal table, taking home three gold, two silver and one bronze medal to strengthen their position at the top of the overall World Cup medal table. The Netherlands' sailors also performed strongly on their home waters, winning two gold, one silver and one bronze.
|Women's Match Race|
Australia's Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Iain JENSEN scored victory in the 49er fleet after another strong performance in today's Medal Race. They got the better of Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA), winners of the previous two World Cup events at Palma and Hyeres.
After a disappointing results at Hyeres, World Cup leaders Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH (GBR) put in a much stronger showing at Medemblik this week. They finished fifth overall to hold on to first place in the World Cup Standings.
Pierre LEBOUCHER and Vincent GAROS (FRA) took third place in Saturday's Medal Race, crucially finishing ahead of home favourites Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) to win their second consecutive (and first gold) ISAF Sailing World Cup medal. Lucas CALABRESE and Juan DE LA FUENTE of Argentina completed the podium. The victory lifts the French pairing up to third in the World Cup Standings. Standing leaders Stuart MCNAY and Graham BIEHL (USA) see their advantage at the front cut after missing out on the top 20 (and therefore World Cup points) this week.
Ai KONDO and Wakako TABATA (JPN) ended up runaway winners in the Women's 470 fleet, winning gold in their first ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Tara PACHECO and Berta BETANZOS (ESP) made the most of the absence of the top two teams in the World Cup Standings, finishing seventh overall to score 14 World Cup points and close the gap at the top of the Standings.
Great Britain dominated the Finn competition with Ed WRIGHT (GBR) winning gold ahead of teammate Giles SCOTT (GBR). The same two skippers also stay first and second respectively in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings, with WRIGHT now holding an impressive 78-point score after five events (thanks to two wins and two silver medal finishes). Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC of Croatia finished third overall in Medemblik and is also third overall in the World Cup Standings
Beijing Olympic gold medallist Paul GOODISON (GBR) continued his flying comeback to the Laser fleet with his second gold medal from his second ISAF Sailing World Cup appearance. The British skipper kept a close watch on his only rival for gold Tonci STIPANOVIC (CRO) finishing one place ahead of him in today's race to ensure he took the title. Silver was still a good result for STIPANOVIC helping him close the gap to World Cup Standings leader Nick THOMPSON (GBR).
After a disappointing start to her ISAF Sailing World Cup season, Belarus skipper Tatiana DROZDOVSKAYA found her top form this week, showing the ability that won her gold at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships. DROZDOVSKAYA went into the Medal Race neck-a-neck with Alberte LINDBERG of Denmark but scored victory in style by beating the Dane to the bullet and with it the gold medal.
Dorian VAN RIJSSELBERGE (NED) remains unbeatable in this year's ISAF Sailing World Cup, with victory for the Dutchman today adding to his World Cup gold medals from Miami and Palma. VAN RIJSSELBERGE took the title thanks to a win in today's Medal Race and a disappointing fifth-place finish from Piotr MYSZKA (POL). The Dutchman, who has only competed at three of the five World Cup events to date, moves up to second in the World Cup Standings, just two points behind João RODRIGUES (POR).
Spain's Blanca MANCHON put in a dominant performance this week to win her third ISAF Sailing World Cup gold medal of the year and extend her lead in the World Cup Standings to a massive 34 points. A finish of 14th or better at either of the two remaining ISAF Sailing World Cup events of the 2008-09 series will ensure her the title of inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion in the Women's RS:X. Young Italian star Laura LINARES won silver in Medemblik to move up to second place in the World Cup Standings.
Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) ended their debut on the ISAF Sailing World Cup by winning gold in today's Star Medal Race. The Brazilian pair took a big lead into the race and ended up clear winners ahead of Fredrik LOOF and Johan TILLANDER (SWE) in second and Alexander SCHLONSKI and Frithjof KLEEN (GER) in third.
Women's Match Racing
After a two-event break, Women's Match Racing returned to the ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Medemblik with gold going to Great Britain in today's final. Lucy MACGREGOR, Annie LUSH and Ally MARTIN (GBR) got the better of the German team of Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Julia BLEIR and Kathrin KADELBACH 3-2 to win gold and also take over the top spot in the World Cup Standings.
Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) won his second ISAF Sailing World Cup event with victory in today's Medal Race the end to a near-perfect week for the Dutch skipper. However Megan PASCOE (GBR) finished the series strongly to take silver ahead of André RADEMAKER (NED) and hold on to the lead in the World Cup Standings.
The next event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany from 19-24 June.
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.