Saturday will be the final day of racing for the Olympic class sailors. Contenders will be forced to elevate their game in the Medal Races. Sailors and their crews have had at least a week of acclimating to the light, and at times, unpredictable winds on Biscayne Bay.
The three Paralympic class events awarded gold medals on Friday at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. The 2014 gold medalists are Megan Pascoe (GBR) in the 2.4mR, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) in the SKUD 18, and Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont Vicary (FRA) in the Sonar.
Sailors were rewarded for their patience and hours of onshore preparation with a full day of inconsistent and challenging conditions on Thursday at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. The pressure was on, to complete three to four races per fleet on Thursday to catch up to the desired race totals.
World #3 Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) continued their triumphant ways on Saturday by coming from behind to win the medal race and seal the gold medal in the small but talented Women's 470.
World #2 Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) continued his winning ways and held on to his three point lead from Friday. He placed fifth Saturday, which was enough to win by four points over medal race winner and 2013 World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA).
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) continued their unbeaten run in the Men's 470. Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic put pressure on the Australians but they stayed strong for Belcher's 18th win in a row and the pairs tenth.
As part of its ongoing efforts to support athletes and doping-free sport, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that its free ADAMS app for smartphones is now available on Android devices to more than 25,000 athletes worldwide.
Capping off a solid day of competition against an international field of match racers hailing from Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and the Caribbean, Rodion Luka from the Ukraine won the 6th edition of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup with a 2-1 victory over Russian skipper Eugeny Nikiforov.