Van Rijsselberghe and Shaw sweep the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

February 1, 2015 | Windsurfing
Dorian van Rijsselberge: from Miami to Abu Dhabi | Photo: US Sailing

Dorian van Rijsselberghe and Bryony Shaw triumphed at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, in Florida.

The Dutch windsurfer held a ten-point lead over Thomas Goyard going into the Medal Race, but a late surge from the Frenchman saw van Rijsselberghe edge it by two points only.

"I had a poor performance in the Medal Race. I'm not super happy with how it went but I did just enough to win. I was lucky because I had enough places already for me to keep in the lead," explained van Rijsselberghe.

A sixth for van Rijsselberge and a second from Goyard was enough for victory and a spot on the World Cup Final start line. "We're going to the final. We've tried to make qualifying as easy as possible so now the big thing ahead is the World Championship and Olympic test event before the final," added van Rijsselberghe.

Home continent qualifiers for the finale at Abu Dhabi were Zac Plavsic and Ricardo Santos.

In the women's division, Bryony Shaw had gold in the bag in advance of the Medal Race and concluded her regatta with a fifth. Home continent qualifiers Abu Dhabi final were Marion Lepert and Patricia Freitas.

"It's a great start to the year. Miami has had a really high-quality fleet here. It's been very popular, with the new World Cup format, and it was a target event for me. I wanted to start the year on a high," stated Shaw.

"It was a range of conditions this week and that really played to my strengths. My downwinds have been exceptional this week. I've made some big gains and some big comebacks so I am really pleased." uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.