The World Cup Hyeres is sailed in tough conditions with shifty winds. The sailors claim to have learned a lot this past week. Some of them will take their learnings and use them at the Medemblik Regatta. Let’s see how the sailors competing at the Medemblik Regatta have done in Hyeres.
Iker Martinez and Olga Masilvets (ESP) managed to win the Nacra 17 Medal Race which placed them on the podium. A bronze medal is their reward and in Medemblik they will definitely compete for more. Martinez is a well known sailor, sailed around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race 4 times, winning the Athens Olympics in the 49er, being on the podium in several European and World Championships and lately getting into catamaran sailing. Competing in GC32, M32 and Nacra17. Let’s see how he will do in Medemblik together with Masilvets.
In the 49er the Australian David Gilmour and Joel Turner are the highest finishers from the Medemblik Regatta competitors. Finishing 4th they just missed the podium. The team of Yannick Lefebvre and Tom Pelsmaekers (BEL) was disqualified because of a false start in the medal race. They said the following about is at their Instagram profile: “It’s dissapointing to end the regatta this way and end up in 7th position. Still we learned a lot this week and are very happy with the improvements we made over the winter. Now up to the next challenge, the Medemblik Regatta.”
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) won the 49erFX Medal Race which handed them gold after the overnight leaders Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) had an up and down race. Highest finishers competing in the Medemblik Regatta are the Dutch Annemiek Bekkering with Annette Duetz, finishing in 9th overall.
The RS:X men give us a complete France podium. Maybe some home advantage the Dutch sailor can learn from? “Most of these venues are well known by the other competitors”, explains Dorian van Rijsselberghe during the medal race to the public. “But I do think there’s always a little bit of home advantage since you know the tiny shifts better than anyone else.” Van Rijsselberge didn’t manage to compete in the medal race this week finishing 28th overall, he’s still getting back into racing mode after the winter trainings. The Medemblik Regatta will give him a good change to practice some more before heading to the World Championships in Aarhus.
For the women RS:X highest finisher competing in the Medemblik Regatta is Lilian de Geus (NED), finishing 7nd. She has learned a lot in Hyeres and takes those learnings with her to Medemblik: “My starts were good, but overall it has been a tough week. Shifty winds and tactical challenges. I’ve learned about my strategies and tactics, but also to keep my head cool. Even when not everything goes according to plan. Didn’t really manage to do that this week, but still learned from it! We will take this with us to the Medemblik Regatta.”
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) showed her strength in the Laser Radial by claiming the golden medal even before the medal races with a 58 points head of the number 2. The only thing she needed to do during the medal race is finishing it, but being Bouwmeester, she had to win this race as well. “If you race, you want to give it everything and try to win every race. I’m happy I managed to do this in the medal race.”
In the Laser men no one of the Medemblik Regatta competitors made it into the medal races. Not everyone competing in Medemblik was present in Hyeres. Partly because of their tight racing schedule with the European Championships for Laser and Laser Radial coming up next week in La Rochelle.
In the Finn class the medal race is battled out by the Dutch Nicholas Heiner leading with 4 points from the Brazilian Jorge Zarif. Heiners job is to stay in front of Zarif, unfortunately for him the Brazilian takes the lead in the medal race and Heiner finishes in a 7th place. Giving him the silver medal and Zarif the gold. “It’s frustrating to finish this week in second place. I knew I had to race my own race, and I started off good. But then the wind shifted and my tactics didn’t pay off. But I’m the one steady and finishing on a podium position every time.” Hopefully for the Dutch sailor next time will be gold, since he finished in second place for the past three events.
Photo: Richard Langdon – Sailing Energy