Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Bronze for GBR Yngling trio in Medemblik

by Lindsey Bell on 25 May 2008
Delta Lloyd Regatta - Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson Delta Lloyd Regatta http://hollandregatta.org

Yngling trio Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson claimed the first medal for Great Britain at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland on Saturday – their last major event before the Beijing Olympic Games in August. Seven more British boats will contest the remaining finals on Sunday when four more medals are possible for British sailors on the final day of racing in Medemblik.

The two-time World Champions ensured that Skandia Team GBR got an early entry in the regatta medal standings, with four more medals possible for British sailors on the final day of racing in Medemblik on Sunday.

Ayton, Webb and Wilson were in fourth place heading into the final day of racing for the women’s keelboat event, and after three further fleet races to determine the ten finalists, they started the Saturday night’s medal race in the bronze medal position, with Ulrike Schueman’s German crew and the Dutch trio helmed by Renee Groeneveld ahead of them.

After a short postponement waiting for conditions to settle, the medal race fleet got underway, but the British ‘Team Mirabaud’ were left fighting back after having to recross the startline following a premature start. But they pulled back through the pack to finish the race in seventh place – enough to secure them the bronze medal and their fifth podium finish out of six major events this year.

Gold went to the Dutch crew of Renee Groeneveld, Brechtje vd Werf and Marije Kampen, with Ulrike Schuemann, Julia Bleck and Ute Hoepfner claiming silver for Germany.

'We’ve achieved all our goals here, so it’s been a good week,' Ayton explained. 'We haven’t got our best boat here with us, so to come back in the medal race and achieve a third with our third best kit is pretty encouraging.

'I think the fact we were able to do that just highlights the strength of us as a team, and that’s what it’s going to be all about in China.'

Seven more British boats will contest the remaining finals on Sunday, with Skandia Team GBR poised for medal success in four more classes. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes head into the 49er medal race in gold medal position, and are guaranteed to be on the podium if they can avoid any major infringements. They have a nine point lead over the Spanish Alonso pairing, with the Italian Sibello brothers two points behind the Spaniards in third.

Dave Evans and Simon Hiscocks made it into the final ten boats in just their second event together, while John Pink-Rick Peacock and Paul Campbell James-Mark Asquith fell just short of the final, in 11th and 12th places respectively.

The final for the Finn class will be a nail-biting affair, with Gasper Vincec, Britain’s Ed Wright, and Spaniard Rafael Trujillo occupy the top three spots on 21,22 and 23 points respectively and fourth placed Croatian Ivan Kljakovis Gaspic also capable of breaking into the medal positions.

470 duo Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark head into their final race in the bronze medal position, with 9,1,4 from their three races on Saturday keeping them in the hunt, while Leigh McMillan and Will Howden are in third on level points with the second-placed French pairing in the Tornado catamaran class.

Although not in medal contention, the Skandia Team GBR flag will also be flying in the Laser Radial and Star medal races, with Penny Clark in sixth in the women’s single-handed class and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in ninth in the men’s keelboat event.

Yngling - Final leading positions

1 NED Renee Groeneveld 64
2 GER Ulrike Schuemann 65
3 GBR Sarah Ayton 77
4 NOR Siren Sundby 84
5 RUS Ekaterina Skudina 87
6 NED Mandy Mulder 93
7 NED Marjon Kooistra 101
8 NED Annelies Thies 106
9 ESP Monica Azon 108
10 CAN Jennifer Provan 119

Racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta continues through until Sunday 25 May – for more news and information, visit www.skandiateamgbr.com/events/hollandreg
Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82PredictWind.com 2014North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Spars VO65 masts help slash race record
Southern Spars new run of VO65 masts passed their first test, helping MAPFRE carve seven minutes off the Round the IOW Southern Spars new run of VO65 masts passed their first test, helping MAPFRE carve seven minutes off the Round the Isle of Wight record. The seven teams took off around the race course which was the setting for the foundation race for the America’s Cup.
Posted on 21 Aug
MAPFRE set the Volvo Ocean Race bar with overall Leg Zero victory
Newer teams know they have more work to do, but there are still plenty of positives to take from the progress they made Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing became the third team to grab a victory from four stages in Leg Zero – a series of pre-race qualifying stages for the next edition of the round-the-world race – as they sneaked ahead of MAPFRE in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Posted on 16 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE seal overall Leg Zero victory
ast-improving Vestas 11th Hour Racing took the stage win with the shortest Distance to Finish at 0430 UTC. The decision to call a halt to the racing came late on Tuesday night as the stage had become a drifting contest, with the teams making a series of expensive gybes in a bid to find some wind, and latest ETAs predicting that the boats would not reach Lisbon until well into Thursday.
Posted on 16 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race – What the skippers say
What a start to 2017-18 Leg Zero has given us! It's been exciting, intense, frustrating – and a great form guide We had an email a couple of hours ago from Race Control saying that the forecast was no wind at all and they decided to shorten the race which I think is a good decision because this Leg Zero was already becoming quite long and we are looking forward to finish and have a good rest.
Posted on 16 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE invest in west – and it's looking best
With the exception of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, fleet remained close together to the east of front throughout the night With the exception of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, the fleet remained close together to the east of the front throughout the night, experiencing light northeasterly winds as they sailed down wind towards Cape Finisterre.
Posted on 16 Aug
2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race - Leg Zero - Light wind as calms continue
The fleet restarted on Monday morning from the south coast of Brittany in the same order they finished yesterday The fleet restarted on Monday morning from the south coast of Brittany in the same order they finished yesterday, so it was no surprise to see MAPFRE and Vestas 11th Hour Racing take an early lead.
Posted on 15 Aug
2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race - And they're off!
The fleet restarted fourth and final stage of Leg Zero at 0615 UTC on Monday – with boats spread just over five minutes The fleet restarted the fourth and final stage of Leg Zero at 0615 UTC on Monday – with the boats spread just over five minutes apart from front to back.
Posted on 15 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE continue Leg Zero dominance in final stage
Extended periods of extremely light weather meant that the Saint-Malo to Lisbon leg had to be split into two parts. As expected, the Volvo Ocean 65s stayed tightly bunched on the first of those, a drag race towards Le Grand Lejon. Vestas 11th Hour Racing were neck-and-neck with MAPFRE for the lead, with the Spanish side just pipping them to the line.
Posted on 13 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE win qualifying sprint
MAPFRE had a lead of seven nautical miles when they crossed the finish line off the French sailing city of Saint-Malo. Team Brunel took second place in their first race sailing with new recruit Peter Burling, the Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman, whose signing was announced just hours before the fleet's departure from England's south coast.
Posted on 11 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 0 start
The third stage of the Volvo Ocean Race 'Leg 0' kicked off at 1300 GMT today from Plymouth. The third stage of the Volvo Ocean Race 'Leg 0' kicked off at 1300 GMT today from Plymouth.
Posted on 10 Aug