From 26-31 January 2015, Miami, USA welcomes the World’s top Olympic and Paralympic sailing talents for the second regatta of the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
Almost 900 athletes, representing 63 nations competing across the 13 different events.
The second day offered a steady diet of breeze in the teens, the allure of a sun-drenched Biscayne Bay, and the kinetic beauty of boats in ten Olympic and three Paralympic sailing classes being put to their best and highest purpose.
We’re still early in a regatta scheduled for six days of racing, including a Medal Race on Saturday for top-ten qualifiers. At stake are qualifying points and slots for the finale of the six-event international series that has become the proving ground of the would-be Olympic sailor.
The finale will take place in Abu Dhabi U.A.E. late in 2015, and after that – After that, an athlete is either ready for Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games, or not.
After the conclusion of the six race qualification series, there is very little separating the top Men’s RS:X sailors.
France’s Louis Giard holds on to his overnight lead but with three days of gold fleet racing ahead of him, he will be under no false pretences that the work is done. Eleven points split places first to eighth with Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED), defending Miami Champion Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) and Nick Dempsey (GBR) breathing down Giard’s neck.
One of the biggest smiles of the day on the race course came from youngster Mattia Camboni (ITA). The 2013 RS:X Youth World Champion put in a hard fought performance in the fifth race of the yellow fleet. Working his sail hard on the run to the finish the Italian stormed to the race victory ahead of Ricardo Santos (BRA) and Nimrod Mashich (ISR).
But racing is under way and new results are coming continuously …
Men’s Top 10 after 9 races (28th January 14:00 Miami time):
1. Thomas Goyard (FRA 3) – 33 pts.
2. Nick Dempsey (GBR 1) – 34 pts.
3. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED 8) – 35 pts.
4. Louis Giard (FRA 1) – 43 pts.
5. Daniele Benedetti (ITA 60) – 44 pts.
6. Nimrod Maschich (ISR 21) – 44 pts.
7. Byron Kokkalanis (GRE 8) – 45 pts.
8. Toni Wilhelm (GER 3) – 63 pts.
9. Kiran Badloe (NED 9) – 63 pts.
10. Ricardo Santos (BRA 1) – 63 pts.
Defending Miami Champion Bryony Shaw (GBR) showcased her skill set once again in the Miami sun, advancing to top spot following three top results. A fourth, a bullet and a fifth give her a one point advantage over Russia’s Olga Maslivets and a two point advantage over Lilian de Geus (NED).
The leading trio shared the race wins between them but it’s Shaw’s consistency that ultimately sees her top the billing
Women’s Top 10 after 5 races (28th January 14:00 Miami time):
1. Bryony Shaw (GBR 94) – 12 pts.
2. Olga Maslivets (RUS 1) – 13 pts.
3. Lilian De Geus (NED 31) – 14 pts.
4. Marina Alabau (ESP 5) – 16 pts.
5. Flavia Tartaglini (ITA 46) – 22 pts.
6. Isobel Hamilton (GBR 30) – 24 pts.
7. Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan (HKG 5) – 30 pts.
8. Maayan Davidovich (ISR 10) – 30 pts.
9. Blanca Manchon (ESP 1) – 32 pts.
10. Marion Lepert (USA 143) – 36 pts.
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking.
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2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne – 7-14 December 2014
Miami – 25-31 January 2015
Hyères – 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland – 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao – 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi – 27 October to 1 November 2015
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