The first half of the Allianz Regatta in the Netherlands, which is part of the World Cup Sailing Series, ended with the presentation of the World Cup gold, silver and bronze medals in the ILCA 6, ILCA7, men and women RS: X and Nacra 17.
None of the three Irish activists, including Tokyo-nominated Annalize Murphy, competed in the medal race today, as Afloat reported earlier here.
After five days of racing, Marie Barrue (FRA) and Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) won gold in the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7, Piotr Myszka (POL) and Marta Maggetti (ITA) won the RS Men and Women: X , and home nation favorites Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer took top honors at Nacra 17.
Medemblik saved the best for last day, with 15-16 knots of constant wind and lots of waves under blue Dutch skies.
Pole Piotr Myszka and Italian Mattia Camboni widened a points gap between themselves and the rest of the RS: X men’s fleet ahead of the Medal Race.
Unsurprisingly, there were match racing tactics at play on the race track in between, but Myszka took the lead and never looked back as he finished second for gold.
“Today the weather was perfect,” commented Myszka. “We had 15-16 knots and I really like these conditions. From the start I was leading Mattia because I was just fighting him. We were match racing and I controlled it from the start. Mattia was far from me because I finished second so I’m very happy. “
Camboni finished sixth, which was enough for the second.
Myszka was visibly delighted ashore after the race and immediately set his sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“I’m very happy because it’s been an amazing week here,” said the Polish driver. “I really don’t remember such a good week here and I’ve been here a few times. It has been the best week. I have been on the podium several times, but I have never won here in my entire career.
“I started with the blue jersey, but I ended up with the yellow. I am so happy and hope I will keep it going until the end of the Olympics. “
Angel Granda Roque (ESP) completed the RS: X Men podium.
Marta Maggetti (ITA) and Katy Spychakov (ISR) clashed all week at the top of the RS: X women’s fleet, and that battle continued in the decisive Medal Race.
Maggetti once again remained consistent, finishing second behind Spychakov third to clinch gold for Italy with Israel settling for silver.
“I started at the port, alone,” Maggetti explained of her strategy for the Medal Race. “I decided to go alone because I did not feel very well in planning conditions with this equipment. I concentrated on my planning and had a good upwind edge and was able to finish second. I am happy with the result of this week.
“We were in a small fleet but we’re all really good girls who are some of the best in the world so it was really good preparation for Tokyo.”
Dutch favorite Lilian de Geus won bronze.
In ILCA 7, Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) had to finish ninth or better to confirm gold after a dominant week on the water.
Croatian Filip Jurisic was Chiavarini’s closest rival and he kept him close to him, but it is true that he had some nerves on the race track. “I tried to stay tight with Filip,” Chiavarini explained. “He did a good job walking away a few times. I was a little scared at the first wind, but the rest went pretty well. I had a few boats behind me so I was pretty comfortable. It’s always tense until the end. “
Chiavarini was seventh which confirmed gold.
“It’s fantastic,” Chiavarini commented of her victory. “I’m really happy with how this week has gone.”
Meanwhile Jurisic finished fourth, but that wasn’t enough for the money as Joel Rodriguez (ESP) won the race to earn a position. The Croatian completed the podium.
Marie Barrue (FRA) also entered the ILCA 6 Medal Race in a comfortable position, having to finish seventh or better.
Things turned out a little better for Barrue than for Chiavarini as his main rival, Ekaterina Zyuzina (RUS), crossed the starting line early and received 22 race points.
“As soon as I saw that the Russian girl was out, I was like, okay, do it, don’t touch the mark, don’t take a yellow flag, don’t capsize, don’t break the boat.” , commented Barrue. “I was pretty relaxed from there and I’m happy it’s over.”
Barrue was not selected to represent France at Tokyo 2020 but her victory shows that she has what it takes to excel at the highest level. She now has her eyes riveted on Paris 2024 but will also support her training group which will travel to Tokyo.
“It’s my first medal and it’s good to get it before the Olympics. We have worked hard this winter, so we are heading in the right direction. I’m going to do some big boat races in Switzerland, then I’m off to Hungary to do some preparation with my teammates to help them prepare.
“Paris 2024 is home and I have to try to make it happen, of course.”
Maria Erdi (HUN) took silver and Agata Barwinska (POL) bronze.
Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer (NED) won gold before the Medal Race on the Nacra 17.
“It was our first World Cup and a first victory,” said der Meer with a big smile. “We were a little disappointed at the start, but we made the most of it this week. Even though it’s a small fleet, these boats go to the Youth Worlds so it was good to sail against them. “
Silver and bronze had to be decided in the Medal Race with Jesse Lindstaädt and Jill Paland (GER) and Andrea Spagnolli and Alice Cialfi (ITA) competing. As the Dutch claimed victory, the Germans placed second for silver, with the Italians taking bronze.
Regatta Center Medemblik will now be reset as the site will host the 49er and 49erFX fleets. The race is scheduled to start on Wednesday 9 June and end on Sunday 13 June, but there is no Irish entry from Tokyo qualifiers Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove.