Benoit Bigot flew the flag for France at the top of the Raceboard Youth fleet – as four French sailors finished inside the top five. Olivier Pinlou claimed silver having been leapfrogged by his friend into pole position on the last race, and Ali Masters GBR was third.[more]
In the Raceboard Masters, a fascinating contest came to a thrilling conclusion as 1996 Olympic champion Nikos Kaklamanakis (GRE) nipped ahead of Portugal’s fellow five-time Olympian Joao Rodrigues at the death to claim gold.
Opting to sail the RS:X board for the event, Kaklamanakis revelled in the heavier breezes witnessed at WPNSA this week and dominated the class from day two having decided not to sail in the lighter airs on day one.
However, although Kaklamanakis did not have it all his own way on the final day – as moderate breezes of 14-17 knots allowed the non-RS:X Raceboard sailors to make more of an impact – the Greek stole in to claim the crown from Rodrigues’ clutches as the advent of the second discard in the 11th and final race enabled Kaklamanakis to discard his last remaining Did Not Compete (DNC) score from day one giving him a final score of 12 points to Rodrigues’ 15.