- 27 April 2014 | Windsurfing
Piotr Myszka and Moana Delle claimed the gold medals at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, in France.
Polish windsurfers were leading the top three places of the podium before the Men's RS:X medal race. While Piotr Myszka had secured gold and Pawel Tarnowski the silver trophy, bronze medal was far from certain.
Przemyslaw Miarczynski had the advantage, but Dorian Van Rijsselberge was breathing down his neck. Van Rijsselberge knew what he had to do and ahead of the medal race looked focused on the race course.
He came out strong from the off and took the lead at the first mark. On the downwind he slipped to second but was strong on the upwind and took control and held the lead all the way through to the finish.
Miarczynski finished in fourth to go level on 83 points with the Dutchman. But as Van Rijsselberge took the victory bronze went his way. Piotr Myszka was happy, having sailed pressure-free.
"It was a really nice week for me and I've really enjoyed it. I was probably the fastest guy in the fleet, and I was improving every race. I was going faster and faster. It was really important for me to improve on my speed and technique," says Myszka.
It was a three way shoot out in the Women's RS:X event, with Maja Dziarnowska, Jiahui Wu and Moana Delle (GER) in with a shout of the medals. The three windsurfers had all guaranteed themselves a medal going into the final race, but the colours were far from certain as two points divided the trio.
There was very little separating racers as a clean start saw them bunched up together. As the race progressed it was Wu who held the gold at the first mark, rounding ahead of Delle whilst Dziarnowska was down in tenth.
At the downwind mark Delle and Wu were neck and neck but the German squeezed past the Chinese sailor on the inside and kept tight to the mark and pushed forward, leaving the Chinese sailor trailing.
Delle pushed forward and whilst the race win went to Peina Chen an eighth was enough for Delle to bring her RS:X sailing career to an end. "It's my last regatta and last race and it couldn't have been any better. It's the perfect way to end my Olympic career."
"It was quite a challenging race physically. We've had 15 races in planing conditions, and this was a light wind race which was a bit of a change. The top girls matched each other, and we didn't do so good in the Medal Race but I came first.”
Conditions have suited the German racer, and it will be a memorable way for her to leave life in the RS:X behind as she returns to her studies.
"It's been a perfect regatta. We've had the most beautiful conditions. It was around 15 knots every single day. I'm from Germany, and I'm just enjoying France. Sunshine, blue water, it's just beautiful."
Wu finished the Medal Race in ninth as she took silver whilst a disappointing last place finish for Dziarnowska gives her bronze.
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères Results:
1. Piotr Myszka
2. Pawel Tarnowski
3. Dorian Van Rijsselberge
1. Moana Delle
2. Jiahui Wu
3. Maja Dziarnowska