It was do or die for the sailors on the final day of the Rolex Miami OCR at Biscayne Bay as the medals were decided. Sailors in nine of the classes on display competed in a Medal Race for double points and the women's match racing consisted of Finals and Petit Finals, with two boats in each.
Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren
finished third in the 104-boat Laser class, the largest in Miami, and added six points to his score line which put him three points ahead of Julio Alsogaray
(ARG) to take the gold. Paul Goodison
, 2008 Laser Olympic gold medallist, picked up bronze.
"Among us three, plus Nick Thompson (GBR), it was who-beat-whom to take the gold today,"
said Myrgren. "When Paul and Julio started messing around with each other on the first downwind leg, it made it possible for me to catch up and by the last downwind leg the three of us were each a half boat length apart in a race to the finish, with two others ahead of us [who were not in contention]."
Myrgren's break came when he surfed ahead of Alsogaray on the last couple of waves at the finish to take third, leaving Alsogaray fourth and Goodison sixth.
In the 58-boat Laser Radial class, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Paige Railey
(USA) had a gold medal sewn up as long as she did not get disqualified in the Medal Race.
"I didn't push it at all today,"
said Railey, noting that her throw-out race for her lead-up series was a 59-pointer acquired from a black flag in race two.
"I rounded the first mark fourth or fifth and just stayed relaxed, then rounded the next mark in first. The others were battling for the other medals so I felt almost like I was watching it from the outside."
Railey said Sarah Steyaert
(FRA) passed her on the last leg to win and take the silver medal. "It was down to one boat for her, so she was sailing hard,"
said Railey. Evi Van Acker
(BEL), who had topped the leader board for several days this week, finished fourth for eight points and took the bronze medal.
It was a triple play for Great Britain in the 37-boat Finn class, with Giles Scott
winning the gold medal, Ben Ainslie
taking the silver and Andrew Mills
"Today's Medal Race was pretty tricky,"
said Scott. "I was trying to go after Andrew and Ben just to kind of ruffle them a bit, and I managed to give Ben a penalty turn [before the start]. Unfortunately that penalty turn forced him out to the right, which was favoured, and he won the race, which kind of made things a bit difficult for me.
"But holding on to fifth was what I needed to do, and that's what I did, so I'm massively happy."
In the men's 470, the battle between the two British teams was intense all week long, but Nic Asher
and Elliot Willis
turned in a gold medal performance, pushing teammates Luke Patience
and Stuart Bithell
to third overall for the bronze. Australia's Mathew Belcher
and Malcolm Page
, 470 world champions and ranked #1 in the world, took silver.
Argentina's 2008 Olympians Maria Fernanda Sesto and Consuelo Monsgur won the Medal Race in the women's 470 to secure bronze. Ingrid Petitjean
and Nadège Douroux
(FRA) took the gold on merit of a fourth place finish while Penny Clark
and Katrina Hughes
(GBR) turned in a second place finish for the silver medal.
and Bruno Prada
(BRA) had already clinched gold in the 57-boat Star class before the Medal Race. And they topped off their week with a win in the final race. Fredrik Loof
and Max Salminen
took the silver and Richard Clark and Tyler Bjorn
(CAN) collected the bronze.
In the 29-boat 49er class John Pink
and Richard Peacock
(GBR) finished third in the Medal Race to claim gold and lead Paul Brotherton
and Mark Asquith
(GBR) by 19 points. David Evans
and Edward Powys
(GBR) took the bronze medal.
In the 30-strong RS:X women's fleet, Marina Alabau
(ESP) had won six of eight races in her lead up series. She finished seventh in the Medal Race, which was good enough for gold and a five-point spread over silver medallist Bryony Shaw
(GBR) and another six over bronze medallist Laura Linares
Dorian Van rijsselberge
(NED) kept his early regatta lead to finish fifth in the Medal Race of the RS:X men's fleet as he took the gold medal. Nick Dempsey
(GBR) finished two points behind for silver medal and Julien Bontemps
(FRA) surged past Nimrod Mashich
(ISR) on the score board to take the bronze medal.
, Elodie Bertrand
and Marie Riou
(FRA) met Anna Tunnicliffe
, Molly Vandemoer
and Deborah Capozzi
in a first to three points Finals match in the women's match race. Leroy's team took the first two matches before Tunnicliffe hit back to win the third. But the fourth match went to Leroy to give the French team a 3-1 win over the Americans.
, Alana O'reilly
and Elizabeth Kratzig
(USA) posted a 2-1 win over Lucy Macgregor
, Mary Rook
and Kate Macgregor
(GBR) to claim bronze.
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