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Nations Cup Finals: Breault v. Courtois, Haddad v. Mesnil
Nations Cup Day 5: Finals The battle for first and second place at World Sailing Nation’s Cup Grand Final will be between Nicole Breault (USA) and Pauline Courtois (FRA) in the Women’s Division and Henrique Haddad (BRA) up against Maxime Mesnil (FRA) in the Open Division. Anna Östling (SWE) and Juliana Senfft (BRA) will duke it out for third and fourth in the Women’s Division, and James Hodgson (AUS) will scrap with Pearson Potts (USA), in a petit-final.

Breault and Courtois will face off in the final round of Nations Cup Grand Final. Photo © Louis Benainous

The battle for first and second place at World Sailing Nation’s Cup Grand Final will be between Nicole Breault (USA) and Pauline Courtois (FRA) in the Women’s Division and Henrique Haddad (BRA) up against Maxime Mesnil (FRA) in the Open Division. Anna Östling (SWE) and Juliana Senfft (BRA) will duke it out for third and fourth in the Women’s Division, and James Hodgson (AUS) will scrap with Pearson Potts (USA), in a petit-final. 

Hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, the final day of racing dawned with blustery west winds capping across San Francisco Bay. Breault went into the day 1-1 with Senfft and sailed two strong races with commanding leads to lock in her spot in the final. With Courtois up two points, Östling won a crucial point in their first face-off of the day, but lost the second. 


Haddad leading Hodgson up the Cityfront, with Potts and Mesnil battling in the distance. © Amanda Witherell

Close racing continued in the Open Division, with Maxime Mesnil (FRA) scoring two on Pearson Potts (USA), to get back in the game after two losses yesterday. James Hodgson (AUS) locked in an early win versus Henrique Haddad (BRA) and the two went into their second race of the day neck and neck around the course, sailing cleaner than the previous day. On the second downwind leg, Hodgson had a better set to the chute and galloped into the lead, but Haddad managed to close the gap. Both gybed solidly to lay a photo finish, with the point going to Haddad and forcing them into a fifth tie-breaking flight. The four Open Division teams sailed a fifth flight, with close starts and tacking up the south end of the course seeking current relief. Mesnil and Haddad both managed to gain a lead and hold it steady during the downwind legs to cross first over Potts and Hodgson, respectively. 

Racing continues Sunday afternoon local time, first with Östling versus Senfft, and Hodgson versus Potts sailing a petit-final to determine third and fourth place. Then Breault-Courtois and Haddad-Mesnil will do battle. The first to score three wins takes the Cup. 

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