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ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Captivating finale plays out + Video


'Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG)'    ISAF ©    Click Here to view large photo

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao offered a captivating finale as the inaugural event in China and the first World Cup regatta of the 2013-14 series came to a close. A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the week and on the final day a south easterly 5-7 knot breeze with gusts up to 10 knots and a maximum current of 2.1 knots made reading the conditions key.

Argentina's Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente clinched a tense Men's 470 gold in a Medal Race that swung to and fro.

Sime Fantela Igor Marenic (CRO) -  ISAF ©   Click Here to view large photo

Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic trailed the Argentineans by four points heading into the Medal Race after a hard fought ten race series.

The math had been done in advance with crews knowing the equations for victory.

Neither the Argentineans nor Croatians were able to grab the bull by the horns and take control of the Medal Race. New Zealand's Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox raced ahead and took the bullet and with it bronze medal as the action ramped up mid-fleet.

Both crews got away cleanly after a tense match up but with the Argentineans benefiting from the first gust at the start they had the advantage and a two boat lead at the first rounding.

The race continued to go to and fro as de la Fuente explained, 'On the last upwind he rounded two boats ahead of us so we had to pass two boats in the last downwind to finally beat them. The racing was very close and with these light and puffy winds it was difficult to control the boat.'

As the Argentineans clawed places back to regain the lead Fantela and Marenic pushed hard attempting to overtake one of the Chinese crews, 'On the last reach we were fourth and trying to pass the Chinese boat but it wasn't enough time,' said Fantela.

On the victory and tense final race de la Fuente said, 'It was a stressful race but we're really happy. Now we're trying to relax again. We came here looking for light winds and currents and we had it over the last four days so we're happy for that.'

Despite having to settle for silver Fantela enjoyed the racing, 'We are happy, we had a good week. All of our races except one were top four. We are happy with our speed and happy to fight with the fastest guys on the race course.'

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) -  ISAF ©   Click Here to view large photo

Despite a wobbly penultimate day that saw their rivals inch closer, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) took the gold medal with a third place in the Women's 470 Medal Race.

China's Hui Feng and Lizhu Huang fought hard to overcome the six point gap between themselves and the Kiwis. Feng and Huang held the advantage over Aleh and Powrie throughout the race but the Kiwis kept them in their sights in tricky conditions.

Malaysia's Khairunnisa Mohd Afendy and Norashikin Mohd Sayed took the race win with Feng and Huang following through in second. The Kiwis came through in third to earn gold, finishing two points clear of the Chinese duo.

After racing Powrie was happy how things went, 'It was a bit stressful today. It was a bit more compact being on the smaller course and the girls in second had pretty good pace so we had our work cut out. We managed to keep close and come away with the win.

'We knew we could have at least one boat in between so we had a bit of room. We're really happy with the week and a nice way to finish off our year and we're stoked.'

China's Qian Fu and Liyun Liu round off the podium.

Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) Laser Radial -  ISAF ©  

China's Dongshuang Zhang was ruthless in her pursuit for gold, targeting her only rival for top spot, Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR).

In the pre-start Zhang stuck to Drozdovskaya like glue, keeping her within close range, holding her back.

As the start played out there was little separation and Zhang kept on top of the Belarusian, pushing her far right on the first upwind. There was nothing Drozdovskaya could do as Zhang kept on top of her and as she rounded the first mark over three minutes behind eighth place significant damage had been done.

Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) -  ISAF ©  

'It was so difficult but this is sailing,' said Drozdovskaya. 'She can do that in this situation. After yesterday I finished first in the first race and she must have thought I could do it again. I lost the start and then I went to the wrong side and lost so much.'

Zhang was always clinical in her decision making and had the edge over Drozdovskaya. After racing she said, 'I'm very good I won this competition. Today I used my technique and tactics successfully.'

Mathilde de Kerangat (FRA) held on to the final podium spot by one point ahead of Lithuania's Viktorija Andrulyte.

Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) -  ISAF ©  

Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) wrapped up the gold ahead of the Medal Race and in more light winds the Croatian concluded his week with a fifth, to finish 23 points ahead of Pavlos Kontides (CYP) in second place.

Stipanovic's light frame gave him the edge over the week and lost weight for the regatta. Although he had it wrapped up in advance of the Medal Race there was no let up from the Croatian, 'It was very hard but I'm happy with my finish. I had a big lead but I was still pushing like it was the first day and first race today.'

As winner Stipanovic takes a chunk of the prize money on offer and it will go a long way in funding him throughout the year, 'It's really nice to win the prize money because in Croatia it's very hard to find sponsors so this cheque will help me push to continue training and sailing.'

Pavlos Kontides (CYP) -  ISAF ©  

Kontides stayed out of trouble to secure silver whilst the fight for bronze was wide open.

Six points separated third to sixth in advance and the race was on. With it so wide open it was down to who could keep their composure and read the conditions. In the end Poland's Kacper Zieminski (POL) did exactly that and came through in third place to take bronze.

Andrew Lewis (TRI) -  ISAF ©  

Outside shot Andrew Lewis (TRI) finished the Medal Race in second and moved up from seventh to fourth, a narrow two points off Zieminski.

Shahar Zubari (ISR) Men’s RS:X -  ISAF ©  

Israel's Shahar Zubari ventured into the final day of racing with an 18 point lead. With such a strong advantage the Israeli sailed cool, calm and collected coming through in fourth to take gold.

After racing the Israeli was delighted with how his week went, 'I'm really happy to race in Qingdao. It's different than any other place in the world, it's stable with a lot of wind shifts and gusts so we have to think a lot.

'It's not been an easy week but I'm happy to come away with the title.'

Brazil's Ricardo Santos (BRA) held off a final day charge from Hong Kong's Michael Cheng (BRA) as the pair took silver and bronze respectively.

For Cheng it was his first ISAF Sailing World Cup medal and he was thrilled post racing, 'I feel really good, I feel great. It means it is the beginning of my career and I will continue to work hard every year.

'I will feel a little bit stressed standing on the podium next to two experienced guys when I just feel like a little kid. I've got so much to learn from them and it's a good start for me.'

Peina Chen, Women’s RS:X(CHN) -  ISAF ©  

Peina Chen (CHN) reigned supreme in the Women's RS:X taking the gold after a consistent week of racing.

Chen came through in fourth in the Women's RS:X Medal Race to seal the deal. Maayan Davidovich (ISR) sat second overnight but a disastrous ninth enabled Medal Race victor Jiahui Wu (CHN) to leapfrog the Israeli into second.



470 - Men - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Total

Net

1

ARG

Lucas Calabrese

Juan de la Fuente

(4)

1

3

1

1

1

4

1

2

1

10

29.00

25.00

2

CRO

Sime Fantela

Igor Marenic

1

3

1

3

4

3

1

2

1

(6)

8

33.00

27.00

3

NZL

Paul Snow-Hansen

Daniel Willcox

6

(6.5)

4

2

6

6

2

4

4

2

2

44.50

38.00

4

CHN

Hao Lan

chao wang

2

2

11

5

5

4

5

(14)
OCS

6

3

14

71.00

57.00

5

CHN

Yong Chen

Youjian Wen

7

4

5

(10)

3

5

10

5

10

4

6

69.00

59.00

6

CHN

Weidong Wang

Daokun Deng

3

(8)

2

4

7

7

8

8

5

8

16

76.00

68.00

7

CHN

Mingcheng Ding

Mingyue Liu

5

(11)

6

7

8

2

7

6

8

9

12

81.00

70.00

8

RSA

Asenathi Jim

Roger Hudson

(14)
DNC

5

9

11

14
OCS

9

3

3

7

7

4

86.00

72.00

9

CHN

Liang Dao WENG

Qiaowen Lin

8

6.5

7

(9)

9

8

6

7

3

5

20

88.50

79.50

10

MAS

KU ANAS ANAS

Mohammad Hafizzudin Mazelan

(14)
DNF

10

8

6

2

10

9

9

9

10

18

105.00

91.00

11

CHN

Yuhao Liu

Zixuan Shao

(14)
DNC

12

12

12

10

12

11

11

11

14
DNF

 

119.00

105.00

12

PHI

Ridgely Balladares

Rommel Chavez

9

9

10

8

(14)
DNC

14
DNC

14
DNC

14
DNC

14
DNC

14
DNC

 

120.00

106.00

13

CHN

AKang Li

Xingzheng Wang

(14)
DNC

13

13

13

11

11

14
OCS

10

14
DSQ

14
DNF

 

127.00

113.00

 

470 - Women - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

Net

1

NZL

Jo Aleh

Polly Powrie

1

1

1

1

1

1

(5)

2

2

6

21.00

16.00

2

CHN

Hui Feng

Lizhu Huang

2

(5)

3

3

3

2

1

1

1

4

25.00

20.00

3

CHN

qian fu

liyun liu

(9)
DNC

2

2

5

2

4

2

5

5

12

48.00

39.00

4

CHN

Nan Zhang

Xiao Lv

3

(4)

4

2

4

3

9
DNE

4

3

10

46.00

42.00

5

MAS

Khairunnisa Mohd Afendy

Norashikin Mohd Sayed

(7)

6

7

7

5

5

3

6

6

2

54.00

47.00

6

CHN

Shengnan Ni

Changmei Li

5

3

5

6

6

(7)

4

3

4

14

57.00

50.00

7

SIN

Dawn Xiaodan LIU

Joan Poh Xue Hua

6

(8)

6

4

7

6

6

7

7

8

65.00

57.00

8

CHN

Mingyue Liu

hui yu

4

7

(8)

8

8

8

7

8

8

16

82.00

74.00

 

Laser - Men - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Total

Net

1

CRO

Tonci Stipanovic

2

3

(19)
OCS

1

2

3

1

1

1

1

8

42.00

23.00

2

CYP

Pavlos Kontides

1

1

8

5

9

(10)

2

3

9

2

6

56.00

46.00

3

POL

Kacper Zieminski

3

4

4

9

5

2

10

6

7

(15)

10

75.00

60.00

4

TRI

Andrew Lewis

8

(11)

10

7

1

7

7

9

2

7

4

73.00

62.00

5

POR

Gustavo Lima

6

2

3
DPI

12
DPI

5
DPI

2
DPI

5
DPI

(19)
RET

3

6

18

81.00

62.00

6

CHN

Huichao Chen

5

7

9

6

6

5

3

4

(10)

3

16

74.00

64.00

7

CHN

Yulong Qiu

(14)

12

5

2

7

19
DNE

5

5

6

4

2

81.00

67.00

8

NZL

Thomas Saunders

4

6

1

8

3

4

9

8

5

(11)

20

79.00

68.00

9

AUS

Jeremy O'Connell

10

5

3

3

8

(13)

6

7

11

5

12

83.00

70.00

10

MAS

Khairunnisa Mohd Afendy

9

9

6

(14)

11

9

8

12

8

8

14

108.00

94.00

11

CHN

Huaxiang Lai

13

(19)
DNC

12

4

13

8

11

11

13

14

 

118.00

99.00

12

CHN

hongjun wang

15

(19)
DNF

11

10

14

19
DNE

19
DNS

2

4

9

 

122.00

103.00

13

CHN

Ning Zhao

7

8

7

12

10

(14)

14

19
DNE

19
DNE

10

 

120.00

106.00

14

IND

Gajender Singh

12
DPI

14
DPI

13

(15)

12

6

13

13

14

13

 

125.00

110.00

15

IND

Jasveer Singh

13
DPI

11
DPI

14

13

16

12

12

10

(19)
DNF

16

 

136.00

117.00

16

CHN

Junzhe Zou

(19)
DNF

19
DNC

19
DNF

17

17

11

15

14

15

17

 

163.00

144.00

17

CHN

jiaxin li

(19)
DNF

19
DNC

19
DNF

18

15

19
DNF

19
DNC

19
DNC

12

12

 

171.00

152.00

18

CHN

Yi Zheng

(19)
DNF

19
DNC

19
DNF

16

18

15

16

15

19
DNF

18

 

174.00

155.00

 

Laser Radial - Women - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Total

Net

1

CHN

Dongshuang Zhang

7

1

1

5

(10)

1

1

1

4

1

18

50.00

40.00

2

BLR

Tatiana Drozdovskaya

1

2

2

4

2

5

(8)

7

1

4

20

56.00

48.00

3

FRA

Mathilde de Kerangat

8

4

3

6

4

6

10

(13)

8

2

6

70.00

57.00

4

LTU

Viktorija Andrulyte

(14)

14

8

1

12

4

2

5

3

5

4

72.00

58.00

5

FRA

Marie Bolou

6

8

7

3

7

11

3

8

10

(12)

2

77.00

65.00

6

NZL

Susannah Pyatt

10

9

10

(12)

3

3

11

3

2

3

12

78.00

66.00

7

POL

Paulina Czubachowska

9

7

6

2

8

8

5

(12)

6

8

8

79.00

67.00

8

FRA

Amélie Riou

3

3

5

8

1

7

18

(21)
DSQ

9

6

14

95.00

74.00

9

AUS

Ashley Stoddart

2

5

4

9

6

13

4

6

(16)

10

16

91.00

75.00

10

RUS

Svetlana Shnitko

5

6

9

13

9

12

(17)

9

7

9

10

106.00

89.00

11

LTU

Milda Eidukeviciute

12

11

12

(16)

13

16

9

2

13

11

 

115.00

99.00

12

THA

Kamolwan Chanyim

(16)

16

13

7

11

15

6

14

11

13

 

122.00

106.00

13

BRA

Fernanda Decnop

11

12

14

11

14

10

13

10

12

(15)

 

122.00

107.00

14

MAS

Nuramirah Hamid

(21)
DNF

21
DNS

11

10

5

9

15

11

14

14

 

131.00

110.00

15

MAS

Rufina hong mui Tan

17

(21)
DNF

15

17

15

2

16

4

5

21
DSQ

 

133.00

112.00

16

AUS

Caitlin Davies

15

15

(21)
OCS

15

16

14

7

21
DNC

21
DNE

7

 

152.00

131.00

17

NZL

Laura Lowther

13

13

(17)

14

17

17

14

16

15

17

 

153.00

136.00

18

CHN

wanting liu

(21)
DNF

21
DNS

21
DNF

19

18

21
DSQ

12

15

17

16

 

181.00

160.00

19

CHN

Lijia Xu

4

10

(21)
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

 

182.00

161.00

20

MAS

khairunneeta Mohd Afendy

(21)
DNF

21
DNS

16

18

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNC

21
DNF

21
DNC

21
DNC

 

202.00

181.00

 

RS:X - Men - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Total

Net

1

ISR

Shahar Zubari

2

1

2

(6)

1

1

2

1

1

3

1

21.00

15.00

2

BRA

Ricardo Santos

1

3

4

4

2

4

(11)

7

4

2

2

44.00

33.00

3

HKG

Cheng Chun Leung Michael

4

2

1

2

3

3

8

4

(12)

10

4

53.00

41.00

4

CHN

Yikai Huang

(15)

12

7

3

4

9

3

8

2

4

3

70.00

55.00

5

HKG

Ho Tsun Leung

3

4

3

5

11

2

(12)

3

6

7

11

67.00

55.00

6

CHN

Bing Ye

9

10

8

8

6

10

7

10

(14)

9

5

96.00

82.00

7

HKG

Gabriel Angelo Brettell

5

6

5

7

10

13

(14)

5

5

13

14

97.00

83.00

8

CHN

Zhi chao Zhang

16

(19)
DNC

19
DNF

9

9

6

6

2

7

1

9

103.00

84.00

9

CHN

Mengfan Gao

6

8

9

11

5

5

(19)
OCS

16

8

5

12

104.00

85.00

10

MEX

David Mier y Teran

7

7

6

13

7

7

9

11

(15)

12

7

101.00

86.00

11

CHN

Jie Yang

12

14

14

12

(15)

14

5

9

9

6

8

118.00

103.00

12

CHN

Guoxing Chen

13

13

10

10

(17)

15

10

13

3

8

10

122.00

105.00

13

CHN

Chunzhuang Liu

10

9

12

1

12

11

1

14

(19)
DNC

19
DNC

19
DNC

127.00

108.00

14

CHN

wei li

17

(19)
DNF

19
DNC

16

13

16

4

6

13

11

6

140.00

121.00

15

CHN

Tianju Bian

8

11

13

14

(16)

12

13

12

11

16

13

139.00

123.00

16

CHN

Chaoli Zeng

14

5

11

15

8

(17)

15

15

10

15

16

141.00

124.00

17

CHN

Feng Fu

11

(19)
DNF

19
DNC

17

14

8

19
DNC

19
DNC

19
DNC

19
DNC

19
DNC

183.00

164.00

18

CHN

Jiamao Wu

18

(19)
DNF

19
DNC

19
DNF

18

18

16

17

16

14

15

189.00

170.00

 

RS:X - Women - Overall Results

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Total

Net

1

CHN

Peina Chen

2

2

2

1

(6)

4

5

1

4

3

4

8

42.00

36.00

2

CHN

Jiahui Wu

1

6

5

5

(13)

1

4

4

3

1

8

2

53.00

40.00

3

ISR

Maayan Davidovich

(13)

1

1

7

1

3

6

7

2

5

2

18

66.00

53.00

4

CHN

Qiaoshan Weng

4

8

9

8

2

5

2

(10)

6

2

5

10

71.00

61.00

5

CHN

Manjia Zheng

5

4

3

(14)

10

6

3

9

11

7

1

4

77.00

63.00

6

GBR

Bryony Shaw

3

(17)
DNF

4

17
OCS

4

12

1

2

5

6

3

6

80.00

63.00

7

BRA

Patricia Freitas

9

5

7

2

(17)
RET

9

8

17
OCS

1

11

6

20

112.00

95.00

8

CHN

Yunxiu Lu

12

7

11

(13)

3

2

11

11

8

8

10

16

112.00

99.00

9

CHN

Yan jia Lin

7

(17)
DNC

13

10

8

7

9

3

10

10

11

12

117.00

100.00

10

CHN

Pi ling Chen

8

11

8

6

11

8

12

6

12

(13)

12

14

121.00

108.00

11

HKG

Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan

6

3

6

3

1
RDG

7.6
RDG

(17)
DNC

17
DNC

17
DNC

17
DNC

17
DNC

 

111.60

94.60

12

CHN

Jiao Ma

14

9

10

11

(15)

10

10

8

9

9

7

 

112.00

97.00

13

CHN

Hongmei Shi

10

(17)
DNF

15

9

14

14

7

5

7

12

9

 

119.00

102.00

14

CHN

Xueling Jin

11

10

12

12

9

13

13

13

13

4

(14)

 

124.00

110.00

15

CHN

Haili Dai

15

(17)
DNF

14

4

7

11

14

12

14

14

13

 

135.00

118.00

16

CHN

xiumin zhang

(17)
DNC

17
DNC

17
DNC

17
DNF

12

17
DNC

15

14

15

15

15

 

171.00

154.00


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