This year all best sailors in all olympic classes gathered in Santander on the ISAF world championship to, in the first place, qualify their country to the upcoming Olympic games in RIO 2016. It was a really difficult event with very light to very strong winds, which made things even more challenging for sailors.
The event lasted almost 2 weeks with lasers starting first. In the Laser Standard class sandiliner Charlie Buckingham finished in great 7th place and qualified his country to the olympic games:
“I'm really happy with my result. I've made a lot of progress this year and I'm going to keep pushing hard to keep improving."
Sandiliner Eliot Merceron finished in the 34th place and Cy Thompson from United States Virgin Islands in the 38th place fulfilling his goal - winning an olympic ticket for his country. New world championship became Dutch Nicholas Heiner.
In Laser Radial Class French sandiliner Mathilde de Kerangat finished in great 8th place and qualified her country for the next Games:
“I had a very good regatta, finishing 8th overall, so I was very happy! But it was a tough week, lots of hours waiting and the races were very hard. You had to concentrate very hard to try to understand the shifts and gusts and, at the same time, have the best speed. What I did well this week was sailing consistently. I did not take any big risks and tried not to put too much distance between the other boats and me during the finals so I did not have very good races during the finals but it was not bad either, so it was enough to qualify for the medal race, which was my goal!”
New world champion became Dutch Marit Bouwmeester.
In sandiline class, sorry, Finn class again the majority of sailors wore our products. Sandiliner Ivan Kljaković Gašpić became silver medallist finishing just after great Giles Scott.
Ivan told us: “It's an important event for me because after a couple of years of some general setbacks, I really made a great performance here, with all my team behind me. This really makes me happy and all of this proves that we are working in the right way and the progress is just going forwards and I hope in Rio it is going to be even better.”
On his consistent performance he said: ”All my life I was always struggling in the breeze but this week was three days of pretty strong, shifty and breezy conditions which proved I can perform in any kind of wind. That's what I have been focussing on the last couple of years, trying to get myself in shape to sail in all conditions. So I am pretty happy I have succeeded in this and it makes me quite me quite confident and sure about the future.”
Another sandiliner Jonathan Lobert missed the medal in the medal race, yet the 4th place overall is still an awesome result. Vasilij Žbogar this time didn’t qualify into the medal race due to a bit worser form as a consequence to the health issues a few weeks before the championship. Yet he still qualified Slovenia to the Games, which was his primary goal.
Photo: Robert Deaves/Finn Class