Lypayskiy Claims Nations Cup Grand Final
Published: Monday, 20 July 2015
The ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, held in Vladivostok, Russia, finished up with a win for hometown sailor Vladimir Lypayskiy in the Open division and USA's Nicole Breault in the Womens division.
14 teams entered into the event including the winners of the Asian Regional Finals 2015, held in Japan. All teams sailed on Platu 25 boats.
Breault came out of the final round-robin with a perfect four from four record. Her opponent in the final was France's Pauline Courtois who came through a tough semi-final against Singapore's Jovina Choo.
The American proved too strong for her French opponent in the final winning the match up 3-1 to be crowned Womens division champion.
"The French team was very good in the pre-start,” says Breault. “We started behind them and then we caught them. When it happens the races are very aggressive. We were making sure that we didn't get tired. We enjoyed the racing a lot and we worked very hard to win.”
(Photo: Jovina Choo/SEA Games)
To complete the division, Choo beat 2013 winner Brazil’s Juliana Senfft 2-0 to claim third place in her final match.
In the Open division, Australia's Evan Walker and Russia's Vladimir Lypayskiy have been the stand out performers with near perfect records throughout the regatta.
Walker came through his semi final against USA's Russel Silvestri 3-0, and not to be outdone, Lypayskiy also took a 3-0 win in his semi final against France's Pierre Rhimbault.
With both taking great records into the final, the final match was full of intensity. After two matches it was 1-1. Lypayskiy took his confidence into the fourth and finally got the break that proved the difference. Lypayskiy claimed the final 3-1 to be crowned Open division champion.
"This win means so much to me as the rank of the event is very high and I'm very proud that it takes place in Vladivostok, Russia, in my home town,” says Lypayskiy. “We were a bit under pressure as we felt that we are expected to win. We were so happy to win.”
The Russian's semi final opponent Rhimbault took the third place match up with a 2-1 win over Silvestri to finish the competition.
As well as taking the titles of Nations Cup Champions, Breault and Lypayskiy get an invitation to defend their titles in the 2017 Grand Final.