Forth ranked crew going into the Medal Race, Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA) were fighting for a medal and had the possibility of winning silver if they could out manoeuvre their opponents and results went their way.
The race started in a building sea breeze with relatively small shifts, but more importantly, with differences in pressure that were difficult to see in the sun-glittering water. On the short course of a Medal Race the start is crucial and there is often a big fight for the committee or pin end, to make a quick get away to the anticipated favoured side.
At this Medal Race most teams choose to fight for the pin end and the start was extremely tight. Siren SUNDBY, Lise Birgitte FREDRIKSEN and Alexandra KOEFOED (NOR) were called OCS. Due to the tightness of the start they could not judge that they were the boat over the line. They did not restart and were scored OCS for the race.
Anne-Claire LE BERRE, Marion DEPLANQUE and Alice PONSAR (FRA) got a fine start, were the first boat at the top mark and then lead the fleet down to the gate. At the second upwind the French were overtaken by Silja LEHTINEN, Maria KLEMETZ and Livia VARESMAA (FIN). It was very close between the two teams and after a match race down the final run the French team finally won, getting the better of a gibing duel at the finishing line.
Going around the top mark to the final run, BARKOW's team were in the bronze medal position. However Ulrike SCHUEMANN, Julia BLECK and Ute HOEPFNER (GER) overtook two boats close to the finish to take the final podium spot. Krystal WEIR, Karyn GOJNICH and Angela FARRELL (AUS), the surprise team of the regatta, secured the silver.
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