Four gold medals were decided today with a day to spare at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Cup in Miami, ahead of the concluding medal races tomorrow.
Bryony Shaw ensured that there was further British success on the Miami waters, as she retained her women's RS:X World Cup Miami title, showing great consistency throughout the week, finishing in the top five in all but one of the thirteen races.
"It's a great start to the year," said the Beijing 2008 bronze medallist afterwards.
"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."
The Nacra 17 class saw Italy's Vittorio Biassaro and Silvia Sicouri capitalise on mixed results for their rivals, recording first and second placed finishes on the penultimate day, giving them an unsurmountable advantage heading into the final day.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand also gained an unassailable 50 point lead over their compatriots Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich, who will hope the secure silver in the medal races.
Despite four gold medals having already been decided, Miami will see a series of hard-fought battles in the medal races, with several classes seeing sailors separated by small margins.
The Laser class will be once such event, with Nick Thompson of Britain leading Germany's Philipp Buhl by a solitary point while Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands is 10 points better off than France's Thomas Goyard heading into the RS:X class finale.
Three women are separated by just three points in the Laser Radial class with Marit Bouwmeester of The Netherlands, Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom and Evi Van Acker of Belgium still in contention for the Miami World Cup title.
Due to a lack of wind there was no racing in the Paralympic classes, which meant the overnight medal positions were confirmed, with Norway's Bjornar Erikstad claiming his second Miami World Cup gold in the 2.4mR.
Australia's Dan Fitzgbibbon and Liesl Tesch took victory in the SKUD18, while Alexander Wang-Hansen, Per Eugen Kristiansen and Marie Solberg of Norway took the Sonar title.
The lack of win also meant there was no racing in the men's 49er and both the male and female 470 Olympic classes.
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