2017 SWC Series Round 1 in Miami, USA finished with tricky wind conditions at the Medal Races!
Yunxiu Lu showed very impressive downwind speed during the Women’s RS:X Medal Race, twice making up significant ground on the downwind legs to preserve her overall lead and take the regatta win. A very pleased and humble Lu chalked the win up to a bit of luck, perhaps brought on by the Chinese New Year.
Veteran Spanish windsurfer Marina Alabau Neira won the race, keeping her in second place.
“It was tricky,” Alabau said of the Medal Race wind conditions. “All the Chinese girls were pushing hard, pumping a lot. It was really hard to win the race. [This regatta] was really nice for me as it was super good training. It was one of my worst conditions; shifty, offshore winds. So I’m pretty happy [with silver].”
The big shift came in the battle for bronze. Three sailors started the race within four points of the final spot on the podium. Jiao Ma (CHN) seemingly put herself out of contention when she was called OCS. But she charged back to third place and fell just one point short of bronze when Manjia Zheng (CHN) finished fourth. Isobel Hamilton (GBR) who started the race in third place, finished sixth in the Medal Race and dropped to fifth overall.
With a 37-point lead, France’s Louis Giard could’ve coasted through the Medal Race, finished last and still taken home the Miami title by at least 19 points. Instead however, he attacked it like he had the 12 previous races, charging from eighth at the first mark to first at the third mark before finishing third in the race.
Countryman Pierre Le Coq, the bronze medallist from Rio 2016, needed a similar comeback to hold second place in the regatta. He rounded the first mark in ninth before finishing fourth in the race, edging Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) by three points for second in the regatta.
Dutch sailor Kiran Badloe charged off the starting line in the Men’s RS:X Medal Race like he had something to prove. After a stunning start to the regatta-five straight top-three finishes-Badloe struggled down the home stretch and dropped to fifth place, eight points off the podium. The Medal Race followed a similar pattern. He led at the first and second marks, but then things fell apart on the second beat.
“I misread the wind a bit and threw a bit of horsepower down on the first lap and that went well,” said Badloe, who came into the regatta a little under the weather and struggled with his conditioning in the lighter winds when the RS:X requires the most effort, “but then I was just running out of breath and making mistakes and that sends you to the back pretty quick.”
Mattia Camboni (ITA) won the Medal Race with a strong performance on the final two legs and went from sixth to fourth in the overall standings.
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