The Rolex Miami OCR came to a conclusion today with the RS:X Class Men’s and Women’s Medal Races. Points counted double but even so the final overall results in both fleets were unchanged. Marina Alabau (ESP5) and Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED8) remained unchallenged winners.
Joao Rodrigues (POR75) hung on to 3rd spot in the RS:X Class Men’s fleet finishing 5th. Beaten as he was by Piotr Myszka (POL82) - 2nd and Julien Bontemps (FRA6) - 4th, neither could put enough clear blue water or places between them to make the double points count.
The bid loser of the day was Fabian Heiddegger (ITA1) who threw everything he had at the opposition and came up 8th. Doubling the points gave him a disasterous 16 which dropped him down to 7th overall.
Over in the women’s fleet, Laura Linares (ITA11) played a similar game as her counryman with exactly the same result. 8th place, 16 points and 7th overall. In the process she let Nicola Girke (CAN17) through to take 6th place overall.
The head-to-head for supremacy between Pauline Perrin (FRA81) and Marine Rambaud (FRA50) was a no-contest with Pauline taking 5th and Marine 7th. Round one then to Pauline. Still, it will be interesting to watch the battle unfold over the season.
Next stop on the ISAF World Sailing Cup Tour is the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, Spain. This is normally a big regatta for the RS:X Class so those who took Ranking points here will be at an advantage. Points came relatively easy in Miami with a relatively small fleet.
The Top 20 take points towards the ISAF Sailing World Cup. With Dorian and Marina creaming off 20 points each as winners. 20th placed Lisa Kremer (USA118) and Martin Berardo (ARG5) only taking 1 each.