49erFX, 49er, Men’s and Women’s RS: X, Formula Kite and Nacra 17 finished their competition week with Medal Races.
It happened in Stadium course, in front of St Kilda Sailing Precinct. During the entire competition there was a mix of breezes.
On Saturday, the foiling kite boarders were last to race and luckily team had the better of the conditions, the beautiful afternoon sunshine with 12-knot breeze. Those who had raced before foiling kite boarders faced tough time. They raced in shifting breezes of 6-7 knots.
Oliver Bridge participants from Great Britain took the lead of 14-point into three single-point. He shared his view about the race and said, “In first race plan did not turn into action, in upwind I wasn’t at my best and then I caught with something at windward second mark and it hit the deck. In realizing something hiccups on my foil I wasn’t in a position to get started again. The situation was annoying nevertheless, a couple of places I managed to catch up”
However, no hurdle stopped the path of Bridge, he worked with fifth in the same manner, and he then top finished in the second race, and this confirmed his position of World Cup champion. Speaking about last two Races Bridge said, “Last two races were difficult, seaweed on the course made it hard to run. They were so many and it was the biggest hurdle for me. However, I managed things by going on and stay there.”
In the event, after a 1-2-4 score line, Florian Trittel went up to overall second position. Push of Trittel to second position brought Guy Bridge, Oliver’s younger brother to the position of third overall. Zofia Klepacka of Poland won the gold medal in Women’s RS: X and was very satisfied with the performance. Other participants too did well.