The 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta came to a thrilling conclusion on 24 May with all classes completing their series, including eight Medal Races.
With a day to spare Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) had taken the gold in the 49er class after three exciting theatre style medal races just off from the harbour mouth.
In the RS:X, the Polish produced a clean sweep in both the Men's and Women's fleets. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) topped the Men's RS:X podium after an exciting three lap Medal Race while Zofia Klepacka (POL) took gold in the Women's RS:X. The planing conditions in the race clearly suited the Polish sailors who finished top three in all the medal races.
Tarnowski was happy about defending his title, "I have kept the title from last year and I'm really happy about that. It's nice to win and a very nice competition."
Klepacka said, "Today the wind was really shifty. Very difficult conditions, but I am really happy to win. This is my third competition this year and it's going ok."
In the Men's fleet Piotr Myszka (POL) took silver while Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) bronze. In the Women's RS:X fleet Malgorzata Bialecka (POL) won silver and Kamila Smektala (POL) finished the all Polish podiums with bronze.
It was an all New Zealand podium in the Laser, Sam Meech (NZL) took a surprise win in the Laser fleet after overcoming Nicholas Heiner (NZL) in the Medal Race. Heiner started the day as favourite with a seven point lead over Meech, but it all went wrong at the start as Meech got the better of Heiner and pushed him the wrong way to finish last.
Meech commented, "I knew it was going to be a really tough ask, given how well Nick was sailing all week, so I hoped I'd get an opportunity. I hoped I'd have the chance to send Nick the wrong way and I took it."
Mike Bullot (NZL), who started the day in fifth, won the race to take the bronze.
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) made sure Dutch hopes were not dashed in the Laser Radial as well, leading the Medal Race from start to finish. Many sailors had a chance to win a medal Evi van Acker (BEL) finished just behind the Dutch sailor securing silver while Manami Doi (JPN), who started the day in fifth place, claimed bronze by finishing fourth in the Medal Race.
"I'm so glad I won. Last year I was second. This is a great season. I won the World Cup in Mallorca, ended up on the podium in the other two World Cups, and now I have won the Delta Lloyd Regatta''
, said Bouwmeester.
Michelle Broekhuizen and Marieke Jongens (NED) dominated the Women's 470 all week and had an eight point lead going into the Medal Race. Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart (GBR) led for most of the Medal Race and crossed ahead to take bronze. Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler (SUI) were never far behind the Brits, they crossed just behind to take silver. Broekhuizen and Jongens finished fourth to seal the gold.
Broekhuizen and Jongens commented on their week "We still have to learn a lot. The fleet here wasn't that big, but we did well the whole week. This is a great moment for us, but our big target is the Worlds in Santander.''
The Men's 470 medal positions were completely open going into the Medal Race with nine teams able to take a podium spot. Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson (RSA) finished second overall to take a historical gold. Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) crossed in third to take the silver while French pair Hugo Feydit and Charlie Agenau took the bronze medal.
A win in Medemblik marks the first major event win for Jim and Hudson as a team, Jim said, "We knew we had to perform today. We have been doing really well in all the medal races we have done, and we knew we had pressure on us but we both love it."
Things started very tight in the Finn class with Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) on equal points with leader Phillip Kasueske (GER). Jake Lilley (AUS) was six points further back. But in the end Kasueske was slightly faster and stayed in front to win the Medal Race and take the gold. Postma finished second to take the silver, with Lilley in third for the bronze.
Kasueske explained his race, "It was really close racing. PJ [Postma] started on the left side and I started on the right and I was the first to tack to the right side and then I got a right shift and was in front. It got really tight at the marks but in the end I managed to defend."
In the Nacra fleet, it was a three horse race for the medals between Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA), Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) and Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS).
The French were battling mid-fleet for much of the race but Besson and Riou finally pulled through to the front to take the win. Cammas and Turckheim crossed in fourth to take the silver while Bundock and Curtis dropped to sixth to win the bronze.
Riou said of the race, "The wind was a little but shifty and we had a bad start but we came back in the race and finally won, so we are very happy to win the medal race and the regatta."
Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA) only needed one good race to successfully defend last year's title. Unfortunately they picked up an OCS in the first race of the day, before sealing the title with a seventh in the second. John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas (GBR) took the silver medal, just four points back. Colin Harrison, Jon Harris and Russell Boaden (AUS) won the bronze.
The Skuds were much closer with a race for gold on between Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) and Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA). Rickham and Birrell won the first race of the day, and Sergi Roig Alzamora and Violeta del Reino (ESP) the second. This meant that Rickham and Birrell took the gold from Gualandris and Zanetti, with Vera Voorbach and Jan Rein van Esseveld (NED) taking the bronze.
Birrill explained his week, "It's great that we got all 10 races in, though yesterday was a bit long, but it's all good. And it's obviously nice to win in the end. It was tight going into today. We're building it up, though we made quite a few mistakes this week and with it being so tight we've been able to find out where our weaknesses are, so we'll go back to the coach and work on some of those. "
Megan Pascoe (GBR) also only needed one good race to retain her 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta title, and she did that in the first race of the day with a second place to win the regatta with a race to spare. Helena Lucas (GBR) and Matt Bugg (AUS) were both OCS in the second race which meant that Barend Kol (NED) took the silver and Guus Bijlard (NED) took the bronze.
Pasco said of her win, "It's really, really promising. It's my fourth medal of the year. Retaining my title at Medemblik is really nice. I had a bit of luck yesterday, managed to go from fifth to first down the last run which probably shouldn't have gone my way, but it did. Sometimes you just have to hold onto your hat and hope everything is going to come out right."
Full results for each class can be found at: http://results.deltalloydregatta.org/