by World Sailing (as amended by IHCA)
In the Hansa 303 Men’s class, Cichocki has dominated all week and today clinched the 2019 title with a Medal Race victory, finishing 19 points ahead of the rest of the pack.
“It’s a very big success for me and I’ve worked very hard,” said Cichocki.
“I was feeling comfortable because I had a big lead and I knew there would be a fight for second and third, but I stayed focused.
“Last year I lost my title and this year, after a long regatta of 13 races, the title is back with me, so I’m happy.”
Chris Symonds (AUS) and Chi-Chian Wu (TPE) did enough in the final race to hold onto their respective second and third positions.
The Hansa 303 Women’s class was not so clear-cut, with most of the six-boat Medal Race fleet still in with a chance at a podium spot.
But it was del Reino who kept her composure to clinch the final victory and with it, the gold medal in her home country.
“I feel great; I had a fun battle today which I really enjoyed and I’m very pleased to win gold,” she said.
“I got a bad start and Alison (Weatherly) passed me. I thought ‘I’m done, but never mind, I’ll keep fighting,’ and I didn’t give up.
“Halfway through I passed her and knew I had a chance; I held on and in the end it was all okay.
“I haven’t actually sailed here before, so it was new to me too, but being at home was nice and I got lots of support, which really helped.”
Weatherly (AUS) crossed the line after del Reino to pick up silver, with last year’s winner Ana Paula Marques (BRA) taking bronze this time around.
TOP THREE OF EACH CLASS
Hansa 303 Women:
Gold: Violeta del Reino (ESP), 30 points
Silver: Alison Weatherly (AUS), 36 points
Bronze: Ana Paula Marques (BRA), 40 points
Hansa 303 Men:
Gold: Piotr Cichocki (POL), 16 points
Silver: Chris Symonds (AUS), 35 points
Bronze: Chi-Chian Wu (TPE), 37 points