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August 28 - Sept 2, 2017 / Matosinhos, Portugal

2017 49er & 49erFX World Championship

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It was a shootout in both the Men’s and Women’s Skiff with the leading competitors narrowly split.

After a morning postponement, Medal Races kicked off on the Dune racing area in a light, fickle and challenging 8-12 knot north easterly breeze that tested sailors and the race committee alike.

James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) entered the Medal Race one point ahead of Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski with Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell (GBR) close behind.

The sailors had done the calculations and knew what needed to be done.

Peters and Sterritt sailed consistently, staying ahead of the Polish team before eventually coming through in second. Przybytek and Kolodzinski finished in fifth, which was enough to seal silver. Fletcher and Bithell followed in sixth to take bronze.

It was Peters and Sterritts second win of the season. They are well placed for the championships upcoming this summer where they are aiming to be mainstays among the worlds best.

Local favourites Diego Botin and Iago Lopez streaked ahead of the pack in the Medal Race but it was heartbreak for the pair and the spectators watching ashore as they crossed the finish to find out they were on the course side at the start.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) continued their dominance in the 49erFX, adding the World Cup Series title to their list of honours. The Brazilians had commented earlier in the week that they had found the going tough. But like true champions they dug deep and managed to churn out a gold medal winning performance.

They entered the Medal Race three points ahead of Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR). A fourth place for the Brazilians and a sixth for the Brits ensured it was Brazilian gold with British silver. Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois (FRA) conclude the podium.

Watch back all of today’s Medal Races here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADw68mHQkR4

Santander, Spain, will host the Final of Sailing’s 2017 World Cup Series from 4-11 June 2017. More than 250 sailors from 43 nations will race across the ten Olympic events as well as Open Kiteboarding. ©Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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