In the build up to the ISAF Sailing World Championships over 50 sailors competed in the Cascais International Regatta last week, with the Worlds venue demonstrating its near-perfect sailing conditions.
Wins in Cascais went to the Dutch 470 teams and to Great Britain in the Finn. The 25 470 crews complete ten races over the four-day regatta, whilst the Finns had two practice races and then a short four-race series. A 12-15 knot northwesterly on the opening day provided an ideal start, and whilst conditions dropped off with a lighter easterly on day two, the northwesterly wind returned for Sunday's racing in 14-16 knots. The final day of the regatta on Monday witnessed the arrival of a renowned Nortada, with northerly winds of 20-25 knots, gusting up to 30, making for a spectacular end to the racing.
Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) ended as clear winners in the 470, posting four bullets in the series to finish nine points ahead of local favourites Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR). Double and reigning World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) were comfortably the top women's crew.
In the smaller Finn fleet, European Champion Ed WRIGHT (GBR) won with three bullets from four races.