The Netherlands’ Nicholas Heiner took the silver, while Andy Maloney, from New Zealand, took bronze, in only his second international event. Norway’s Anders Pedersen won the medal race from Spain’s Alejandro Muscat and Brazil’s Jorge Zarif.
With Giles Scott only needing to take part in the race, a fifth place gave him gold by a 27-point margin. He has proven again that he is the one to beat as the first Olympic qualifier looms later this year, and even though he didn’t win a race all week, he was consistent enough in the extremely flummoxing conditions to win the regatta with a race to spare.
On the medal race, “The racing was pretty average, with a horrible, shifty northerly, so a bit of an odd medal race. We’ve had a great week’s sailing, so it’s just a shame that today couldn’t deliver as much as the previous days did, but it’s been a good week and I am happy how I have sailed.”
Two weeks ago, Nicholas Heiner lost the Europeans gold on the medal race Today he did enough to hang onto silver, staying close to Andy Maloney throughout for his second medal of the year.
“Crazy stuff happening all over the course with the wind. But it was good fun battling it out with Andy.”
Andy Maloney, could only be beaten to a medal if two others sailors won the race, and with Facundo Olezza starting early, that threat was gone at the start, even though he didn’t know it.
“I didn’t hear an individual so I didn’t know until after the race. But it was good that I did what I needed to do.”
“It was a pretty shifty light race. I had a pretty good start and the first half of the beat I was controlling Heiner, and looking to be in the top few round the top, but I missed the final left pressure at the top and rounded towards the back. Down the first run it was just really soft and I managed to hang out for sixth which was plenty enough for bronze.”
Spain’s Alejandro Muscat had a great medal race to place second and move from seventh up to fourth.
“It was a really a good week, especially because in Cadiz at the Europeans I was really sick. I had a lot of problems, breaking a mast, and a hiking strap, and I was very sad after that. Then I came here, which is a place I really like, and with good support from Gorgio, I had a great start, and from there I was able to keep all the time in the top ten."
“The medal race was really good for me, to jump to fourth and I am really happy with that.”
“This winter I have been working really hard, especially because there was a small change of plan in the federation and we had a tough winter in Barcelona. This is a good result to support the work we have been doing, and gives me the energy to keep working towards Aarhus.”
Results after medal race (Medal race in brackets)
1 GBR 41 Giles Scott 57 (5)
2 NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 84 (4)
3 NZL 61 Andy Maloney 95 (6)
4 ESP 7 Alejandro Muscat 110 (2)
5 BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 113 (3)
6 NOR 1 Anders Pedersen 115 (1)
7 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 115 (7)
8 SUI 1 Nils Theuninck 119 (9)
9 ARG 48 Facundo Olezza 126 (ocs)
10 SWE 33 Max Salminen 132(8)