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Sailing: British sailors bring in eight-medal haul at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta

August 16, 2010

The final day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth and Portland saw the Skandia Team GBR add to their medal haul, with six more podium finishes adding to the two silvers already earned by John Robertson, Steve Thomas and Hannah Stodel, and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the Paralympic Sonar and SKUD classes respectively.

Bryony-ShawBryony Shaw (pictured) took bronze in the women’s RS:X windsurfing event, mirroring Nick Dempsey’s third place finish in a closely-fought medal race.

Shaw, the Beijing bronze medallist, went into the medal race in fourth place and fought back hard to claim her podium spot.

She later commented, “Going into the medal race I had a couple of Italian girls who I had to beat and keep an eye on the French girl as well. She rounded first on the upwind mark and so my heart was beating fast as I really had to do something to stay in the race.”

She continued, “I had a lot of pressure on me and a lot of doubt, but I’m really really happy that I’ve come out with a medal. We can take a lot of positives from this event and there’s also a lot of learners so hopefully we’ll be vying for a medal in 2012!”

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Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes finished sixth in the 470 women’s event, with Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson ending their regatta in seventh place in the Star class.

Giles Scott took a surprise victory over Ben Ainslie in the Finn glass, an eighth place victory in the final race enough to secure his top spot. Ainslie finished fourth overall after placing third in the medal race.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell also contributed, with eighth place in the medal race sufficient to win them the bronze overall with teammates Nic Asher and Elliot Willis in fourth and Skandia Team GBR development duo Ben Saxton and David Kohlery earning sixth overall with a win in the medal race.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes placed third in the 49er class in a close medal race, whilst Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh and Dave Evans and Ed Powys finished fifth and sixth respectively.

“To win eight medals at any World Cup event is a great performance and to win here at Skandia Sail for Gold, our home event, is fantastic,” said RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park of his team’s performance.

“It’s great to have a little bit of headroom left and for sailors to look at some gains and push themselves forward and not get complacent, particularly on home waters.”

“Looking forward towards 2012 is does show that we’ve got depth across the classes and also within the classes where we have a number of different sailors all battling it out to represent Great Britain at the Games in 2012.”

Anna Young, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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