The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia gives sailors a competitive final day 24/3/08
The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia offered the sailors a beautiful last day with strong breeze, waves and sun for the Medal Races.The Yngling, Finns and 49ers were the first three classes to hit the water with south-westerly wind ranging from 16 to 25 knots across the bay.
The Russian Yngling team of Anna Basalkina, Vlada Ukraintseva and Ekaterina Maximova sailed away from their rivals after winning the Medal Race. Ekaterina Skudina, Diana Krutskikh and Natalia Ivanova finished in last position in the Medal race but managed to stay on the podium in third overall. The World Champions Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson took second position.
The regatta trophy changed hands during the 49er Medal Race. The Italians Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello were leading the race and the classification at the first mark but the Ukrainians Rodion Luka and Geogy Leonchuk passed the Italians on the first run to take the lead. The second run could have seen the 2005 World Champion’s hopes for the title disappear when they lost control of their boat and capsized. They were just quick enough to restart and cross the line in fourth. With the Australians finishing between them and the Germans, the Ukrainians won the regatta on equal points with the German brothers.
Ben Ainslie (GBR), who had already won the Finn class yesterday, was placed fifth in the Medal Race. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) added another good performance (second in the Medal race) to his results to conserve his second position and increase his lead on Zach Railey (USA) to 30 points. The American took Bronze.
Team GBR was also celebrating in the Laser class, with a gold and silver for Paul Goodison and Nick Thompson respectively. Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) took the bronze.
The podium was unchanged in the RS:X men’s division after the Medal race. World No. 3 Nick Dempsey (GBR) crossed the line in third place to win the title behind Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL), second in the regatta and overall.
Petra Niemann was crowned the “Absolute Winner” of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE. The German scored the least points – 10 points overall. The prestigious Trophy was awarded by H.R.H. Queen Sofia of Spain.
Top three final results by class:
470 Men: 1. Gabrio Zandona / Andrea Trani, ITA, 22 points 2. Gideon Kliger / Udi Gal, ISR, 41 3. Sven Coster / Kalle Coster, NED, 41
470 Women: 1. Marcelien De Koning / Lobke Berkhout, NED, 42 2. Natalia Via-Dufresne / Laia Tutzo, ESP, 51 3. Christina Bassadone / Saskia Clark, GBR, 54
Finn : 1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 27 2. Ivan Kljakovic, Gaspic, CRO, 47 3. Zach Railey, USA, 77
RSX Men: 1. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 31 2. Przemyslaw Miarczynski, POL, 44 3. Fabian Heidegger, ITA, 54
RSX Women: 1. Alessandra Sensini, IRA, 29 2. Marina Alabau, ESP, 43 3. Zofia Klepacka, POL, 47
49er: 1. Rodion Luka / Georgiy Leonchuk, UKR, 52 2. Jan Peter Peckolt / Hannes Peckolt, GER, 53 3. Pietro Sibello / Gianfranco Sibello, ITA, 59
Laser: 1. Paul Goodison, GBR, 25 2. Nick Thompson, GBR, 32 3. Rasmus Myrgren, SWE, 38
Tornado: 1. Xavier Revil / Christophe Espagnon, FRA, 20 2. Johannes Polgar / FLorian Spalteholz, GER, 24 3. Santiago Lange / Carlos Espinola, ARG, 36
Dragon: 1. Poul Richard Hoj Jensen, GBR, 45 2. Vassily Senatorov, RUS, 54 3. Antonio Mardel Correia, POR, 65
Laser Radial : 1. Petra Niemann, GER, 10 2. Franziska Goltz, GER, 40 3. Cathrine Gjerpen, NOR, 40
Yngling: 1. Basalkina Anna / Ukraintseva Vlada / Maximova Ekaterina, RUS, 29 2. Sarah Ayton / Sarah Webb / Pippa Wilson, GBR, 39 3. Ekaterina Skudina / Diana Krutskikh / Natalia Ivanova
For a list of full results, visit www.trofeoprincesasofia.org .