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Brits dominate the 49ers at the Arenal Training Camps Trophy

Sunday March 16th 2014, Author: Neus Jordi, Location: Spain

Teams from Britain –with two golds, two silvers and one bronze – and French – with one gold, three silvers and one bronze - dominating the eighth Arenal Training Camps Trophy for the Olympic Classes, organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal. The event was held on the Bay of Palma, as part of their winter training and preparation for the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, the next event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup, to be held in less than two weeks, from 29 March to 5 April.

The regatta was sailed in light to moderate winds of six to 12 knots with many changes in direction; conditions that put to the test the 450 sailors competing.

In the new Olympic multihull, the Nacra 17, Spain's Íker Martínez and Tara Pacheco claimed honours after almost three perfect days of racing at the Arenal Training Camps Trophy. Having finished fourth in Miami, the team comprising the two time 49er Olympic gold medallist and the 470 World Champion took the lead from day one and remained at the top of the leaderboard scoring six bullets. Second place was taken by French sailors and reigning World Champion Billy Besson and Marie Riou, followed by Austrians Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank. Volvo Ocean Race winner Franck Cammas, sailing with Sophie Turckheim finished sixth.

There was also Spanish victory in the Laser Standard, with Jesús Rogel leader in the 36 boat fleet. Second and third places went to Italian sailors Marco Gallo and Francesco Marrai.

In 470 Men, Argentinia's Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente claimed victory with second and third overall places going to French teams Nicolas Charbonnier and Nebout Achille; and Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion respectively.

There was a comfortable victory in the 49er for Britain's Dave Evans and Ed Powys followed by team mates Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign with third going to Austria's Nico Luca Marc delle Karth and Nikolaus Leopold Resch.

There was a tight battle in the Laser Radial with victory finally going to Swedish sailor Josefin Olsson, just one point ahead of second placed Finnish sailor Tuula Tenkanen. Third went to Dane Anna Marie Rindom.

Brazil was clear leader in 49er FX with team Martine Soffiatti and Kahena Kunze claiming victory. Britain's Kate MacGregor and Katrina Best were second with the Netherlands' Ameniek Bekkering and Annette Duetz third overall.

Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance from France won the 470 Women followed by Poland's Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Natalia Wojcik and British London 2012 silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark.

There was also victory for Great Britain in the Finn class with 'Podium Potential Squad' sailor Ben Cornish at the top of the leaderboard. Cornish was joined on the podium places by French sailor Thomas Le Breton and Giorgio Poggi from Italy.

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