The first World Cup regatta of the 2020 cycle is now complete and Britain has ended up with a rich haul of medals.
It has collected a total of 6 medals from the first 2017 World Cup. Great Britain has amassed three silvers, a bronze, and two golds at the first 2017 World Cup. This is a remarkable achievement by the British sailors and they have done their country proud.
The Sailing World Cup Miami has now concluded after the final racing last Sunday on the Biscayne Bay. The gold in the 49ers racing event went to Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell. They were happy with their feet and looked forward to even better showing in the races to come. The British sailors topped the first two positions in the Nacra 17 event.
The first medal on the final race day on Sunday was won by Lorenzo Chiavarini from Britain. He won his medal in the Laser class. By winning this race, he toppled two-time World Champion Nick Thompson and pushed him into the 3rd spot on the podium. This was a very good achievement for Lorenzo Chiavarini and he was over the moon with this win.
Thompson started the final race day in the bronze position. If at all there was a sailor who could get past Cypriot Pavlos Kontides who was holding the 2nd position, it was the two-time World Champion. Kontides played his cards perfectly and did not allow Thompson to get past him through the race.
Chiavarini said that the event as very challenging and shifty. He was happy to have finished in the 3rd position after having average scores through the entire event. Thompson said that it was a high scoring event. This was the first time that Thompson has sailed his Laser after competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.