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Sakamoto Breezes into Nations Cup Final after Vladivostok Surprise

Wataru Sakamoto defied home advantage and the rankings to win the Asia regional final of the ISAF Nations Cup in Vladivostok and qualify for the Grand Final in Middelfart, Denmark on August 6-10.

After three days racing in Platu 25s in stable 6-12 knot south-easterly winds at the Seven Feet Yacht Club on the waters of Amursky Bay, Sakamoto dominated Singapore’s Maximilian Soh in the final on Sunday, reeling off three successive victories. Soh will also get a wildcard to the Grand Final in Middelfart.

Japan and Singapore join the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and of course, Denmark in the Open category of the Grand Final.

For an elated Sakamoto, coached by the Laurie Jury, the winner of the last Nations Cup in 2011, it was third time lucky in Vladivostok.

“For sure, it a surprise to win, in spite of aiming it every time,” Sakamoto said. “I’m very happy as it is our third time to challenge in Vladivostok and we didn’t succeed to get the golden medal before.”

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Viltoft Crowned Prince of Nations Cup Qualifier

After winning the Danish qualifier of the 2013 Nations Cup, Rasmus Viltoft is looking forward to his first ISAF grand final, in Middelfart in August. The spotlight will be on the home favourite even more with the news that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will be there to watch. “It’s a dream come true to be able to sail an event of such great international importance in Denmark,” Viltoft said. “This is beyond anything I have ever attempted before.”

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Brazil’s young hotshot Juliana Senfft look forward to Middelfart

Juliana Senfft, one of the new generation of skippers from the sailing hotbed of Brazil, hopes to be a match racing missionary at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Denmark this August, she said.

Senfft became the first woman to qualify for the Nations Cup grand final in Middelfart, Denmark, on August 6-10 after a 4-2 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in the South American regional final at the Club Náutico Mar del Plata on Sunday.

“Denmark is a great place for match racing,” The 24-year-old Senfft said. “We’ll have to be on top of our game there and hopefully we can get more people to understand it and that they’ll come and watch.”

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