Image Jesús Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing. - Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin entered the Medal Race leading the pack 6pts ahead of SUI and 8pts with the Dutchs. The rest of the top ten didn´t had chances to win the event.
In the Medal you only have 10 boats racing so you might think starts are a little bit easier to handle. This time was not the case for the Nacras 17 at Miami WC. Santi Lange-Ceci Carranza went for a pin start which looked good in the beginning but ended with a penalty and the Australian team just got left behind by the fleet as they drifted behind the committee boat after an incident with Vittorio & Silvia.
It was hard to watch. Being dead last it was game over for them , but the future Olympic champs (if not Rio , it will be the next) started to recover from way back to give themselves a second chance for the title.
Meanwhile Mandy Mulder & Coen de Koning went for a temporary lead in tricky no trap sailing conditions. They finished the Medal Race in 3rd place, tying in points with Jason & Lisa who scored finally a 7th. The tie breaker went for the Dutchs though and the were crowned champs.
Mandy & Coen are coached by Mischa Heemskerk. The Dutch teams (Mischa, Beggeman & Visser were also racing) had the best start of this new campaign in 2013, they were simply dominating the regattas on a great previous work done with the new Nacra 17s promptly delivered by the factory at home. Later that gap ferformance simply fade away, peaking again in the last stage towards Rio is the best thing that could happen to Mandy & Coen.
The Nacra 17 fleet is super competive, Besson & Riou have won last Worlds Championships and look untouchable in the key events, but no one has a medal granted.
I asked Iker and he confirmed that the Spanish Team will define their selection in coming 2016 Worlds at Clearwater, together with Palma & Hyeres.
The US selection is led by Gulari&Chafee, Clearwater will be final event of the selection.
You can watch the Live replay of the MR at catsailingnews.com/2016/01/miami-medal-race-live.html
Top Ten below, Full Rresults here
|1||NED||NED-3||Mandy MulderCoen de Koning||1||7||9||3||12||15||8||2||7||15||11||15||2||6||-16||6||135.00||119.00|
|2||AUS||AUS-2||Jason WaterhouseLisa Darmanin||19||3||3||4||3||11||2||-22||8||11||4||10||5||15||7||14||141.00||119.00|
|3||SUI||SUI 220||Matías Bühler MatíasNathalie Brugger||3||-26||5||20||7||16||3||14||5||2||3||1||19||9||4||18||155.00||129.00|
|4||GBR||GBR 042||Lucy MacgregorDavid Evans||26||6||12||-33||21||1||4||18||3||9||5||11||10||4||26||12||201.00||168.00|
|5||ARG||ARG 226||Santiago LangeCecilia Carranza Saroli||11||1||44||10||4||(48) |
|6||GBR||GBR 060||Ben SaxtonNicola Groves||21||2||4||-36||13||8||24||3||25||16||12||12||17||12||1||2||208.00||172.00|
|7||AUT||AUT 277||Thomas ZajacTanja Frank||22||-40||6||5||19||13||11||20||16||4||18||5||16||2||15||10||222.00||182.00|
|8||ESP||ESP 28||Fernando EchávarriTara Pacheco||6||30||26||-42||16||4||15||9||2||10||7||9||14||23||11||4||228.00||186.00|
|9||ESP||ESP 246||Iker Martinez de Lizarduyjulia RITA ROMAN||17||20||1||11||10||22||22||12||1||3||16||23||1||8||-32||20||219.00||187.00|
|10||ITA||ITA 307||Vittorio BissaroSilvia Sicouri||2||14||18||19||15||10||17||17||11||20||6||4||-27||7||24||8||219.00||192.00|