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Rio markers set at 2016 Para World Sailing Championships during the Delta Lloyd Regatta, as Germany, Poland and USA secure gold

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The 2016 Para World Sailing Championships in Medemblik during the Delta Lloyd Regatta came to a thrilling conclusion on Saturday in near summer conditions with a building breeze though the day and a warm northerly providing challenging racing across the three fleets. The 2.4 Norlin OD was up first with Heiko Kroger (GER) capitalising on his overnight lead to take his ninth world title. Next, Monika Gibes and Piotr Cichocki (POL) won the SKUD18 with a race to spare before Alphonsus Doerr, Hugh Freund and Brad Kendell (USA) won the Sonar class after an incredibly close final race that went…

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Golden Dutch medal haul as the 2016 Delta Lloyd Regatta draws to a close

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A week that started with a cold northerly blast ended in sublime conditions at the 2016 Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. Of the six Olympic classes present, the Dutch sailors took gold in three of them as they begin final preparations for the Rio Olympics. In the other fleets, Poland, Spain and Italy took the golds in a final day that delivered great conditions, great weather and tense competition. Here’s a complete rundown of the action on the final day in Medemblik. RS-X Men First Dutch glory went to Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED), who ended the week as he began…

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Dutch medal haul continues with Bouwmeester taking Laser Radial gold

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Marit Bouwmeester (NED) had already done enough to take gold but took the lead on the first downwind in the medal race to record her sixth race win of the week. A third place for Emma Plasschaert (BEL) was enough for the silver while Manami Doi (JPN) took Japan’s second medal of the day with a seventh place finish. Bouwmeester said, “I have had two great weeks. One of the them I spent training with the Dutch youth and this week I raced against them. I try to learn every day on the water and I need to find race…

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Rutger van Schaardenburg wins third Delta Lloyd title in Laser

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The second Dutch win of the day went to Rutger van Schaardenburg (NED), but he didn’t have it all his own way in the decisive medal race. The Laser fleet was one of the closest fleets of the week with Jeemin Ha (KOR) winning three races. However Ha didn’t get the best of the medal race to place to place seventh to take the silver. Juan Maegli (GUA) gave himself the best chance of a medal by leading the medal race from start to finish, but Luke Elliott (AUS) hung on for second to secure the bronze. Van Schaardenburg said…

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“You never get bored winning world championships”

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Heiko Kroger (GER) started the day with a seven point lead in the 30 boat 2.4 Norlin OD fleet. He capitalised on that by winning the first race of the day. Damien Seguin (FRA) slipped up slightly with an eighth place, but both Matt Bugg (AUS) and Helena Lucas (GBR) were right behind the German sailor, setting up a final race showdown. Kroger needed to finish 11th or better to secure the title. At one point he looked in trouble but recovered to finish 11th to take the title his ninth 2.4 world title and eighth para world title. Seguin…

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Tense 470 Medal Race hands gold to Simon Sivitz Kosuta and Jas Farneti

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Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro (ITA) and Simon Sivitz Kosuta/Jas Farneti (ITA) went into the medal race locked on equal points after matching scores all week. Barring big mistakes, the gold looked to be heading to Italy. The medal race proved as tight as the rest of the week, but a mistake from Ferrari/Calabro cost them the title even though they crossed the finish line one second ahead of their rivals. In a very tense race Ferrari/Calabro led their rivals at every mark, but as Kosuta explained, in the end, the other team didn’t take down their spinnaker when taking a penalty…

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Klepacka seals RS-X Women’s gold with medal race win

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Zofia Noceti Klepacka (POL) had taken the lead on the fourth day after the Dutch leader Lillian de Geus (NED) pulled out with a suspected foot injury. Klepacka went into the medal race with a seven point lead and led round every mark to secure the victory. Peina Chen (CHN) moved into second on the first downwind to secure the silver while the bronze went to Stefania Elfutina (RUS) after placing sixth. Klepacka commented on the week, “I am very glad with this win. Two years ago I won. Last year I was second. Now I am top again.” “I…

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First Dutch glory to Dorian van Rijsselberghe

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First Dutch glory went to Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED), who ended the week as he began it – by winning the race. With five wins in the 39 boat fleet he has dominated all week, never outside the top 10 and only twice outside the top four, and ending up with a points margin of 41. A fifth in the medal race for Paul Rozier (FRA) was enough to retain the silver and a third for Aichen Wang (CHN) left him with the bronze. So no change to the top three after the medal race. Van Rijsselberghe said, “I am…

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Para Sailing World titles and Delta Lloyd Regatta titles decided today

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It’s been a busy week here in Medemblik and we are almost at the end. But first there are three Para Sailing World titles to decide and six Olympic class medal races to sail. Three gold medals have already been decided, but for the rest it is still game on. In addition the Moth class sails its final races and the fleets are joined by the 29er and Optimist for one day. It will be a full on day with 34 races scheduled. The forecast is for good winds, from the north, perhaps building up to 18 knots later in…

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Paralympic classes heading for exciting world championship finale at Delta Lloyd Regatta

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The penultimate day of the 2016 Delta Lloyd Regatta and the 2016 Para Sailing World Championships in Medemblik brought the  best conditions of the week so far with an onshore onshore breeze building through the day to 12-16 knots by the end of racing. With sunny skies and great competition it was a near perfect day to be on the water. There was intense competition through all the fleets. The 2016 Para Sailing World Championships are heading for an exciting conclusion on Saturday with medals still up for grabs in all three classes. Alphonsus Doerr/Hugh Freund/Brad Kendell (USA) picked a…

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