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Beautiful Ending To A Perfect Week At ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères

samedi 26 avril 2014Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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From the words of the sailors competing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères it was a beautiful ending to a perfect week. More than 1,100 sailors from 59 nations raced at the final ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta of the 2013-2014 series and were treated to exceptional race action. Medals across the ten Olympic events were decided on the final day with a 10-12 knot westerly breeze on flat water bringing a superb week to an end

Men’s RS:X

Going in to the Men’s RS:X Medal Race the top three podium spots were occupied by Polish racers.

Whilst Piotr Myszka (POL) had gold all wrapped up and Pawel Tarnowski (POL) silver up his sleeve but the bronze medal was far from certain. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) had the advantage but Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) was breathing down his neck.

Van Rijsselberge knew what he had to do and ahead of the Medal Race looked focused on the race course. He came out strong from the off and took the lead at the first mark. On the downwind he slipped to second but was strong on the upwind and took control and held the lead all the way through to the finish.

Miarczynski finished in fourth to go level on 83 points with the Dutchman. But as Van Rijsselberge took the victory bronze went his way.

Myszka sailed pressure free in the Medal Race and took a fifth. On the 16 race series Myszka commented, "It was a really nice week for me and I’ve really enjoyed it. I was probably the fastest guy in the fleet and I was improving every race. I was going faster and faster.

"It was really important for me to improve on my speed and technique this event and I’m really happy with that.

"Everything is working and going the right way. It’s the Polish in the top two positions this year, just like last year. Last year I was second and Przemyslaw, who is fourth here, finished first.

"But this year I’ve won and Pawel is second so it’s quite nice. We were expecting Przemylsaw to defend third position but he lost it in the Medal Race. It’s quite sad but it’s nice to have two Polish places on the podium.”

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