A blustery and overcast final day brought the sailing event at the Central American and Caribbean Games to a close in Cabo Rojo as the home nation took home gold in three classes.
The Puerto Ricans scored a one-two in the Hobie 16 class. Enrique Figueroa
and Victor Aponte recorded three bullets and a second to seal the win from Enrique Figueroa and Natalia Olivero. Throughout the 11 race series, the winners scored no less that six race wins. The Mexican crew of Javier Cabildo and Katia Real sealed the bronze position.
The J24 class was almost a carbon copy of the Hobie cats with Puerto Ricans claiming gold and silver and Mexican crews taking bronze and fourth overall. Skipper Efrain Lugo
finished the regatta with three consecutive race wins to comfortably win the championship by 10 points from fellow compatriot Jorge Santiago
. The Mexicans finished on equal points so bronze had to be decided on discard, narrowly won by Yon Belausteguigoitia.
There was more success for the home nation in the Snipe class. Raul Rios
and Gabriel Ramos
(PUR) were decisive victors winning all seven races to take gold. Jorge and Alejandro Muttietta (MEX) were second and Marcos Texidor and Ricardo Latimer (PUR) in third.
In one of the most popular fleets Tania Elias Calles (MEX) won the Laser Radial class with a final flourish of three race wins in a row. This was enough to seal her victory from Daniela Rivera of Venezuela and Andrea Aldana (GUA) claiming third.
In the Laser Standard, the most popular class with 25 entries from 15 different nations, Juani Magli from Guatemala totally dominated the fleet with a clean sheet, winning all seven races! Raul Aguayo (DOM) won silver with 22 points, two ahead of Jose Ruiz (VEN).
In the seventeen boat Sunfish class it was the Venezuelans who were the class act finishing one and two. Eduardo Cordero
took gold with Hugo Colmenares taking silver. Ard Van Aanholt won bronze.
Mexico were successful in both the One Design divisions, David Mier Terran (MEX) won whithout competing in the final race in the men's whilst Demita Vega Deville won the women's division with a second being her worst result.
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