- 03 February 2014 | Windsurfing
Byron Kokkalanis and Bryony Shaw have taken gold at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, held in Biscayne Bay, Florida.
Italy's Mattia Camboni came out with youthful exuberance in the medal race to power ahead early on, but Kokkalanis fought back. Trailing the young Italian by 19 seconds at the first mark, Kokkalanis pushed hard to make up the difference.
"It turned out to be really good in the second half of the upwind. I didn't have a good start, but I tried to cover and I worked well with the shifts and got up to second position at the top," says Kokkalanis.
Camboni was rewarded for his bright start and took second in the medal race, finishing seventh overall whilst the battle for the remaining podium spots played out behind him.
With the points, close anything was possible. Nimrod Mashich (ISR) was able to secure silver, finishing in sixth, but Brazil's Ricardo Santos dropped out of bronze having dropped to last in the Medal Race. Japan's Makoto Tomizawa replaced him in third having finished in fifth.
In the Women's division, Bryony Shaw once again proved her all-round credentials by taking her first gold of 2014. Shaw had a bumper 2013, picking up medals in seven of nine regattas and is happy how 2014 has commenced.
"There was quite a lot of current and I got stuck on the wrong side of the track so had to fight back so I didn't make it easy for myself," adds Shaw.
Charline Picon got caught up at the first mark, holding several of the fleet up. Laura Linares was the benefactor of the tangle as she sailed away and opened up a lead in excess of one minute.
As Shaw came through in third picking up gold, Linares' race victory promoted her up to second, demoting compatriot Flavia Tartaglini to third.