The Nacra 17 Medal Race produced the biggest drama of the day, with the medals uncertain until the dying seconds of the final run across the finish line. Swiss sailors Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger sailed a superb race from start to finish and won the Medal Race, but the battle for the medals was taking place at the back of the 10-boat fleet. In the end it was Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck who took gold. Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders almost upset the Danish party at the finish, but Allan Norregaard and Anette Viborg crossed the line just in front to take silver, leaving the Kiwis with bronze.
WINNERS: Cenholt and Lübeck take gold for Denmark
WINNERS: Dutch fill the 49erFX podium
WINNERS: Spanish gold leaves kiwis with silver
WINNER: Murphy's mistake gives Bouwmeester an easy gold
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Annemieke Bekkering and Annette Duetz secured the gold medal with a 3rd place in the windy Medal Race. Despite an international turnout, the Dutch filled the podium, with two girl/boy crews taking silver and bronze. Claire Blom was recovering from knee surgery this week, so her helm Nina Keizer was racing with their coach, Francisco Rebelo de Andrade, up the front of their boat. Keizer looked set to take silver until a late burst by Remy Oomens and Josca Hummel launched them into the lead. Medal Race victory secured silver for Oomens and Hummel, relegating Keizer to bronze. Best of the international visitors were the 4th placed Americans, Paris Henken and Helena Scutt.
Diego Botin and Iago Lopez snatched a surprise gold for Spain in the 49er after a Medal Race capsize by the leading New Zealanders, Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski. “We’re very pleased,” said Botin. “We only teamed up last December and it’s great to win here together.” Porebski couldn’t really explain what happened in the capsize. “We’d just got the kite up, then the rudder loaded up, got cavitation and lost steerage. In we went. But overall a good week, just disappointing not to make it happen today.” The young Kiwis settled for silver, and Australia’s Joel Turner and Lewis Brake took bronze.
Marit Bouwmeester has defended her title at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, winning the Medal Race and taking the gold by a comfortable margin. Ireland’s Annalise Murphy was expected to put up a stronger challenge to the Netherlands’ Olympic silver medallist from 2012, but even in her favourite strong breezes, Murphy was unable to make an impact. Uncharacteristically, Murphy capsized on the second upwind leg, and any real threat to Bouwmeester disappeared. The Irish sailor held on for silver, with Belgium’s Evi van Acker taking bronze.