Shahar Zubari: no opponents in sight

Shahar Zubari and Peina Chen have collected the RS:X gold medals at the inaugural event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013/2014, held in Qingdao, China.

A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the week and on the final day a south easterly 5-7 knot breeze, with gusts up to 10 knots and a maximum current of 2.1 knots, made reading the conditions key.

Zubari ventured into the final day of racing with an 18 point lead. With such a strong advantage the Israeli sailed cool, calm and collected coming through in fourth to take gold.

"It's not been an easy week, but I'm happy to come away with the title", Shahar Zubari tells.

Ricardo Santos, from Brazil, held off a final day charge from Hong Kong's Michael Cheng, as the pair took silver and bronze respectively.

Peina Chen reigned supreme in the Women's RS:X, taking the gold after a consistent week of racing. Chen came through in fourth in the Women's RS:X Medal Race to seal the deal.

Maayan Davidovich sat second overnight, but a disastrous ninth enabled Medal Race victor Jiahui Wu to leapfrog the Israeli into second.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne will welcome sailors for the second regatta of the 2013-14 series, from December 2nd-8th, 2013.

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