Blanca Manchon has made the most of the Spanish event, winning six races in the women RS:X, including the Medal race. She adds 20 points to her impressive ISAF Sailing World Cup score now at 58 points! Manchon will be also awarded the “Absolute Winner” prize tonight by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. This traditional prize recognised the achievements of the winner with the best results across all classes.
“I’ve sailed like everyday, looking for free wind and tried to stay in the leading group. I have never imagined winning the Absolute Trophy, and I’ve won it! I’ve also won in my class and I’m leading more than ever the ISAF Sailing World Cup.”, says Blanca Manchon!
World number 1 and Miami OCR winner, Marina Alabau (ESP) places second overall in front of Flavia Tartaglini (ITA).
In the Men’s division, Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) wins his second ISAF World Cup event in a row after taking top marks in Miami at the start of the year, increasing his lead on the World Cup standings. Commenting on the Medal Race, Dorian explains: “This is great, it looks maybe easy but you still have to defend your position under pressure. I look calm but we had a long wait onshore and I was bouncing around. Once on the water I had a really bad start. I needed to work very hard not to get swamped by my opponents. I got squeezed. I dropped back a bit but persisted in my strategy to get to the stronger winds first. Then I was second at the top mark and finished third.” Medal race winner Nick Dempsey (GBR) takes Bronze behind Brazil’s Riccardo Santos.
Top 3 Results:
NED 8 Dorian van Rijsselberge
BRA 1 Ricardo Winick Santos
GBR 1 Nick Dempsey
ESP 1 Blanca Manchón
ESP 5 Marina Alabau
ITA 46 Flavia Tartaglini
Photo Credit: Nico Martinez