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Medal Races, Kieler Woche, 2008

A light shifty breeze welcomed the first takers for the Medal races here on the Kiel Fjord.  The 470 W were first up on the North Course – one of two used for these final, final races.  The CHN Team competitors were placed 7th overall going into the Medal race and with a worst possible place of 9th and a best possible place of 3rd they had it all to play for.

It was tough going – lots of place changes with pressure very varied across the course.  After a nailbiting penultimate downwind leg 8 of the ten boats reached the downwind gate together!  The CHN team sailors sailed their socks off to get to 2nd at the last top mark, which they held to the finish to be placed 4th overall.  I very credible result.

The Laser Radial Medal Race was held in more breeze building to 14 knots.  The CHN Team competitor had to beat the FRA competitor to win overall but could not be worse than 3rd overall.  It was a tough race with many place changes and several multiple boat mark roundings – closely supervised by the umpires of the ISAF International Jury (at least two boat-to-boat penalties were dished out, and at least one Yellow Flag penalty – for an infrigement of RRS 42, Propulsion).  Rather than turn the race into a match race between CHN vrs FRA, the CHN Team competitor saile her own race, which paid off until the top third of the last beat when the greater pressure and a shift to the left allowed the FRA competitor to gain the upper hand.

CHN Team held on to a credible 3rd overall and a very pleasing podium result in her first ever Kieler Woche.  Well done!

Next stop Qingdao, CHN, home territory …………………………….

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