As we all expected, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan cleaned up in the 470 class, remaining undefeated throughout the whole week. Throughout the medal race the pair lead at every mark, and ended up taking their win by more than a minute. As well as winning the gold, the boys have also been named as the first 470 crew to win every race at an ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta, a perfect beginning to their 2016 Olympic campaign, and Mat’s ninth straight regatta win.
Will Ryan and Mat Belcher competing in the medal race
Tom Burton also scored gold in the Laser class, going into the medal race with an 18 point lead, and two-time Olympian Krystal Weir came first in the Laser Radial and gold for Brendan Casey in the Finn.
Sasha and Jaime Ryan made it a second gold medal for the Ryan family this week, mirroring their brother Will’s performance with a win in the 470 women’s class, while New Zealand pair Alex Maloney and Molly Meech won the new 49erFX class. Steven Thomas and Rhys Mara won the 49er class and Luke Baillie won the RS:X men’s title.
As expected, Germany’s Florian Gruber took out first place in the gold men’s kiteboarding class and got up on the podium with his bright green board, while France’s Ariana Imbert took gold for the women’s class.
Winning kiteboarders on the podium
The athletes wrapped up an incredible World Cup event with a BBQ and celebration on the yacht club balcony, in a perfect ending to a competitive regatta filled with highs and lows.