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The Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR has sacred three champions on the last day of finals in Palma. Evi van Acker in the Laser Radial and the french team of Billy Besson and Marie Riou in the Nacra will sail their round of honour in Saturday’s medal race.

“We tried hard to minimise our mistake and take one race at a time.”, confided a very cool headed and modest Billy Besson to explain the fantastic performance he displayed in Palma with crew Marie Riou. The French Nacra team mastered all kind of conditions, from light to mad, to win with a day to spare over a very talented fleet. “Everyone is here, the level is really high. We gained a little bit with each race, small takes which in the end gave us a good lead!” says Besson. Three French teams are in the top five at the end of the finals with Vaireaux/Audinet in fourth and Cammas/de Turckheim fifth. “Since the start of the Nacra adventure we have all trained together collectively, shared knowledge, and in the end we all progress together, this is our strength!” The French Nacra team has favoured intense racing over training and it shows in the results. “Since November it is non-stop racing, it was a choice we made to work better on our tactics and racing strategies and it seems to have paid off!”

With Gold out of reach, eight teams can still medal tomorrow. The British team of John Gimson and Hannah Diamond have a good chance for Silver in second position with a 15 points lead over Renee Groeneveld and Steven Krol (NED).


Billy Besson & Marie Riou on day 5 of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR


Photo © Jesus Renedo / Sofia
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