Sunday wrapped up the World Cup Series in Hyerés, France for Olympic & Paralympic Classes. Competitors couldn’t have asked for more perfect sailing conditions in some of the most competitive fleets in the world. Over 500 sailors from 52 countries came to Hyerés to compete for first place and the gold medal. Familiar faces returned to Hyerés for redemption, and some to defend their previous titles. Lighter winds welcomed the fleet but towards the end of the event, they were seeing big pressure on all courses which made for some major competition. Consistency paid off in all fleets. The medal races concluded Sunday with medals won in the Finn, Laser, Radial, and 470 classes. Hyerés was event #2 in the World Cup series. Next up is Santander, Spain which will round-out the series for 2017.
North Sails clients duked it out to the very end, some claiming gold in the medal race with others achieving hard-won positions among the fleet. Congratulations to Finn sailors Nicholas Heiner for claiming 2nd overall (at his third Finn event!) and silver in the medal race, Ed Wright for achieving 4th position overall, and Ben Cornish for an amazing performance leading the fleet on day 1 & 2, and ending up in 8th place overall.
A total of 29 teams, representing 9 different nations, engaged in fierce competition across six events this year. While Cape 31s have attracted some of the world's best sailors, the class rules, which limit the crew to three professionals, also create an environment where owner-drivers race with friends and family.
NORTH SAILS NAMED OFFICIAL SAILMAKER OF ROYAL NEW ZEALAND YACHT SQUADRON
North Sails is proud to be a new major partner to The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. This partnership sees North Sails become RNZYS’ Official Sailmaker for the next three years and the supplier to the club’s new Emirates Team New Zealand Elliott 7 fleet, due to launch in early 2024.