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Sail for Gold Regatta - Exciting final day of action + Video

'Lucy Macgregor and Andrew Walsh, Nacra17 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta'    © Paul Wyeth / RYA

The Sail for Gold Regatta provided a fast and furious finale in Weymouth and Portland as the third leg of the 2014 EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series came to close (Friday 6 June).

A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the five days of racing and on the final day an easterly 20-25 knots with gusts reaching 30 knots made for an exciting final day of racing.

Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond, Nacra17 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

After clinching a clean sweep of race wins on the penultimate day of the regatta, Lucy Macgregor and Andy Walsh did enough in today’s medal race decider to claim event honours by a single point.

Helm Macgregor said: 'We are really pleased with our week here at Sail for Gold, we have sailed really well all week but today we are really frustrated as we actually sailed quite badly. However we did enough to win overall and at the end of the day that is all we needed to do, but you’re always going to be a little bit gutted when you could have done better.'

Coming off the start line in last position, the British Sailing Team duo were able to claw their way back up to fifth, which was enough to hold onto their overnight lead ahead of today’s medal race winners Pippa Wilson and John Gimson who rounded their event off in second.

Walsh added: 'We discussed before the start what might be the winning strategy and went for it but then had a bad start because of it, maybe it was too high risk with the strong breeze and conditions we had but then it was just a case of sailing well down the course and do what we needed to stay first overall.

'It’s brilliant to win our first gold medal together, it will be great for our confidence especially as we are still quite a new team in the Nacra 17 so it’s nice to start getting onto the podium. We came really close in Hyeres and Holland, where a few little things went wrong, so it’s great to finally get a medal and for it to be gold is fantastic which we hope can continue into the next event and so on.'

Helena Lucas, 2.4mR - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Heading into today’s two fleet races in the 2.4mR event, Paralympic champion Helena Lucas harboured a one point lead over fellow Brit Megan Pascoe.

But in the strong easterly breeze it was Pascoe who came out all guns blazing to take a clean sweep of race wins and the 2014 Sail for Gold title.

On her victory, Pascoe said: 'It has been a long hard week with really short, intense racing with three of us battling it out at the top of the fleet – so you never really knew if you were going to be first or third but it’s a great way to round everything off with two bullets.'

Megan Pascoe, 2.4mR - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Extending her podium run to five events this year, of which she has now won three, Pascoe is pleased with her current form: 'I have had a really good year so far with a number of podium positions so I’m happy with how things are going.'

A third and second from today left Lucas in the silver medal position, while Australia’s Matt Bugg rounded his regatta off in third.

The Sonar class was this week dominated by London 2012 Paralympians John Robertson-Hannah Stodel-Steve Thomas. The British Sailing Team trio added nothing but race wins to their scorecard this week to clinch their fourth consecutive Sail for Gold crown.

'It has been a fantastic week of racing and obviously it’s nice to come away with the chocolates. I think we have proved to the rest of the British teams that we are the ones to watch and hopefully that will put us in good stead for the Worlds this year and further on towards Rio 2016,' expressed Stodel.

'It’s fantastic for us as a team to win our fourth straight concessive Sail for Gold title here in Weymouth and Portland. Credit must go to the Race Management teams - they have been fantastic all week – we had had some spectacular racing with no faffing around in-between which we love and to get four races a day is impressive especially in a Paralympic fleet.'

Bryony Shaw, RS:X 8.5 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 4 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Bryony Shaw gave a masterclass in windsurfing this week as the world number two concluded her regatta with an unblemished scorecard. The Beijing Olympic bronze medallist was in scintillating form from the outset, finishing 18 points ahead of Spain’s Blanca Manchon in second and Izzy Hamilton in third.

'I am really pleased to win Sail for Gold again this year, it’s been good quality racing and it has been great to have Blanca Manchon from Spain over who has been my main rival all week.

'I have never won every race at a regatta before and it’s great to do that here in Weymouth and Portland. We have had a lot of time on these waters, training hard and as it’s a unique place I think that is one of the reasons why I have been going so well.'

Shaw concluded: 'WPNSA is a fantastic venue for the sailing – the Olympic Games proved that – and the facilities here are still second to none so for any visiting teams it is a great place to come and train, and get settled before starting competition. Hopefully the Sail for Gold Regatta will continue to grow, deliver and be bigger and better next year.'

Nick Dempsey, RSX9.5 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

RS:X Windsurfing World Champion Nick Dempsey has ruled the 9.5 fleet throughout the week. The Olympic silver medallist posted ten race wins form the 13 races completed, and finished today’s medal race in second behind Connor Bainbridge to claim his first gold medal since the same regatta in 2013.

'It’s been a week where it started off really tough in the light winds and then as the week has gone on the wind has got stronger, with today being a really nice windy medal race. It has been brilliant racing from the start all the way through, it certainly looks a lot easier when you look at the results than it actually was, but it’s great for myself and our GBR training group.'

Connor Bainbridge, RSX9.5 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

After missing out on the podium at the two ISAF Sailing World Cup events in Hyeres and Palma, Dempsey admits that his performance this week has given him a timely boost as he heads into key regattas this summer.

'I’m really pleased with how I have been sailing recently, I got a bit of a kick-in in Palma and Hyeres earlier on in the year – it was expected but the last couple of months’ training have gone really well with everything starting to come tougher again and I’m starting to feel pretty good. I felt great this week and I now can’t wait to get out to Rio.'

David Evans and Edward Powys, 49er - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Dave Evans and Ed Powys took a healthy 12 point lead into the final day of 49er racing, and despite suffering a snapped spreader in the second race of the day which therefore forced them to retire for the final two races, the pair were still crowned champions after Stevie Morrison and Chris Grube were unable to capitalise in medal race three.

'It was a bit on the edge at the end as we weren’t quite sure if we had managed to win as we weren’t able to compete in the final two races, so I think it was pretty close on points but luckily we just managed to sneak it,' confessed Powys.

49er fleet - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

'It was great conditions out there today, flat water with 20-25 knots which is what 49er racing is all about! It was a bit of shame to get to the top mark in a good position in the second race and then be made to have a little swim and come in early. But we managed to win the first race of the day which turned out to be just enough.'

A 6-2-8 wasn’t enough for Stevie Morrison and Chris Grube to take advantage as the pair finished in second place. A race win in the final medal race was enough to clinch John Pink and Stuart Bithell the third step of the podium from Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign who finished in fourth on countback.

Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz, 49erFX - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

The 49erFX class was the last to complete their three theatre style medal races today, with Dutch competitors Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz showing their boat-handling skills in the lively women’s skiff racing to post 3-5-3 for their efforts and claim event honours.

Having posted top five finishes across the 17 races completed, the pair finished 16 points in front of British sailors Kate Macgregor and Katrina Best in second, while Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth concluded their regatta in third.

Giles Scott, Finn - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Having clinched the Finn and 470 titles on the penultimate day of racing, Giles Scott and Luke Patience and Elliot Willis made sure of their Sail for Gold crowns in the spectacular conditions with medal race wins in their respective fleets.

Andrew Mills, competing in his last competitive regatta for the British Sailing Team after announcing his retirement, sealed Finn silver with Mark Andrews taking bronze, whilst Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre took the women’s 470 crown.

The Sail for Gold Regatta, organised by the RYA and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, is part of the four-stage 2014 EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series.



RS:X 9.5

Pos

 

Nation

Helm

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

M

Nett

1

 

GBR1

Nick DEMPSEY

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

1.0

4.0

16

2

 

GBR931

Tom SQUIRES

2.0

2.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

6.0

34

3

 

GBR49

Joe BENNETT

3.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

8.0

58

4

 

NED216

Matthijs VAN'T HOFF

4.0

4.0

6.0

3.0

3.0

5.0

5.0

14.0

62

5

 

GBR17

Connor BAINBRIDGE

DNC [13.0]

3.0

4.0

2.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

65

6

 

GBR41

Alistair MASTERS

5.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

12.0

65

7

 

GBR926

Kieran MARTIN

7.0

7.0

(OCS [13.0])

8.0

8.0

7.0

8.0

10.0

71

8

 

GBR748

Max BUSHELL

6.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

9.0

8.0

7.0

22.0

98

9

 

GBR983

Matthew BARTON

10.0

9.0

9.0

10.0

7.0

10.0

9.0

16.0

115

10

 

OMA1

Waleed AL-KINDI

8.0

11.0

10.0

9.0

10.0

11.0

(12.0)

18.0

121

11

 

GBR749

Robert YORK

9.0

10.0

8.0

11.0

11.0

9.0

11.0

20.0

132

12

 

GBR178

Brian WILSON

11.0

12.0

(RET [13.0])

DNC [13.0]

12.0

12.0

10.0

DNC [26.0]

151

 

RS:X 8.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

M

Nett

1

GBR94

Bryony SHAW

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

13

2

ESP1

Blanca MANCHON

3.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

(5.5)

3.0

4.0

31

3

GBR30

Isobel HAMILTON

2.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

6.0

40

4

GBR980

Lewis MAY

4.0

2.0

6.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

4.0

8.0

47

5

GBR961

Emma WILSON

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

4.0

7.0

DNS [20.0]

72

6

GBR466

Cameron COGHILL

6.0

6.0

5.0

7.0

6.0

7.0

6.0

10.0

77

7

GBR703

Noelle FINCH

7.0

8.0

7.0

6.0

7.0

5.5

5.0

12.0

83

8

GBR719

Emma LABOURNE

8.0

7.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

14.0

103

9

GBR889

Natalie MCWILLIAMS

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

9.0

9.0

9.0

16.0

115

 

2.4mR

Pos

Nation

Helm

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

Nett

1

GBR141

Megan PASCOE

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

(DSQ [14.0])

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

26

2

GBR75

Helena LUCAS

2.0

2.0

2.0

(DNC [14.0])

2.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

27

3

AUS36

Matt BUGG

3.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

4.0

30

4

GBR88

Martin WHITTINGHAM-JONES

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

6.0

5.0

(DNC [14.0])

DNC [14.0]

65

5

GBR135

Niki BIRRELL

4.0

8.0

8.0

(DNC [14.0])

4.0

7.0

4.0

6.0

5.0

74

6

GBR3

Will STREET

7.0

4.0

9.0

(OCS [14.0])

8.0

5.0

6.0

8.0

8.0

79

7

MAS33

Al-Mustakim MATRIN

9.0

7.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

(11.0)

4.0

3.0

83

8

GBR113

John BROOKER

8.0

6.0

7.0

4.0

6.0

11.0

8.0

5.0

6.0

99

9

MAS22

Mustafah JUNELL

(11.0)

9.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

9.0

7.0

10.0

10.0

101

10

GBR142

Carol DUGDALE

6.0

11.0

(DNC [14.0])

DNC [14.0]

10.0

8.0

10.0

9.0

7.0

117

11

MAS55

Azmi ANI

10.0

10.0

11.0

6.0

9.0

10.0

9.0

7.0

9.0

123

12

GBR36

Peter GREGORY

12.0

12.0

10.0

8.0

11.0

12.0

12.0

11.0

11.0

145

13

GBR54

Andrew FARROW

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

12.0

DNC [14.0]

13.0

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

177

 

Sonar

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

Crew

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

Nett

1

GBR1

John ROBERTSON

Hannah STODEL

Stephen THOMAS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(DNC [6.0])

13

2

GBR737

Andy CASSELL

Tom ABREY

Chris OGDEN

2.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

32

3

GBR2

Adam PARRY

Jonny STEPHENSON

Liam CATTERMOLE

3.0

3.0

2.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

(RET [6.0])

43

4

GBR747

Craig WOOD

Steven PALMER

Luke SINNOTT

5.0

5.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

1.0

49

5

GBR11

Sally DUGDALE

Ed SUCKLING

David HAWKINS

4.0

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

5.0

2.0

50

 

470

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

M

Nett

1

GBR863

Luke PATIENCE

Elliot WILLIS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(DNS [8.0])

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

15

2

GBR321

Sophie WEGUELIN

Eilidh MCINTYRE

2.0

2.0

(DNF [8.0])

DNF [8.0]

3.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

6.0

42

3

GBR826

Tom KINVER

Hugh BRAYSHAW

6.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

54

4

GBR853

Anna BURNET

Flora STEWART

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

10.0

55

5

GBR828

Robert GULLAN

Tim LINSELL

7.0

6.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

(DNF [8.0])

4.0

4.0

4.0

8.0

74

6

GBR838

Jess LAVERY

Megan BRICKWOOD

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

6.0

4.0

(7.0)

7.0

6.0

12.0

76

7

GBR865

Amy SEABRIGHT

Anna CARPENTER

3.0

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

6.0

6.0

DNS [8.0]

DNC [16.0]

101

 

49er

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

M1

M2

M3

Nett

1

GBR98

David EVANS

Edward POWYS

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

RET [14.0]

DNS [14.0]

57

2

GBR77

Stephen MORRISON

Chris GRUBE

7.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

6.0

2.0

8.0

59

3

GBR10

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

4.0

6.0

4.0

5.0

1.0

5.0

2.0

4.0

1.0

66

4

GBR114

Nic ASHER

Fynn STERRITT

(8.0)

3.0

6.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

4.0

10.0

7.0

66

5

GBR4

Dylan FLETCHER

Alain SIGN

3.0

4.0

(OCS [14.0])

4.0

6.0

4.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

67

6

JPN81

Yukio MAKINO

Kenji TAKAHASHI

1.0

(10.0)

2.0

6.0

5.0

7.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

70

7

GBR848

Alex TOBUTT

Stuart APPLEBY

11.0

9.0

7.0

7.0

8.0

8.0

DNF [14.0]

7.0

5.0

119

8

GBR600

Rory HUNTER

Neil HUNTER

9.0

(12.0)

5.0

10.0

9.0

9.0

RET [14.0]

5.0

4.0

131

9

BEL11

Yannick LEFÈBVRE

Matthieu JANSSENS

10.0

5.0

10.0

8.0

10.0

6.0

DNF [14.0]

6.0

DNF [14.0]

142

10

GBR360

Jack HAWKINS

Chris THOMAS

13.0

11.0

8.0

11.0

12.0

10.0

OCS [14.0]

8.0

6.0

150

11

SUI111

Simon HISCOCKS

Lucien CUJEAN

6.0

7.0

(DNC [14.0])

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

167

12

GBR321

Chris Taylor

Dominick Burke

12.0

8.0

9.0

9.0

7.0

11.0

DNS [14.0]

9.0

DNF [14.0]

168

13

BRA137

Rodrigo MONTEIRO

Jucyan OKRETIC

5.0

DNC [14.0]

11.0

12.0

11.0

12.0

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

193

 

49erFX

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

 

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

M1

M2

M3

Nett

1

NED110

Annemiek BEKKERING

Annette DUETZ

 

1.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

33

2

GBR99

Kate MACGREGOR

Katrina BEST

 

2.0

1.0

5.0

6.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

6.0

2.0

2.0

49

3

GBR17

Charlotte DOBSON

Sophie AINSWORTH

 

3.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

7.0

1.0

52

4

NED999

Lars VAN STEKELENBORG

Floris VAN DE WERKEN

 

4.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

6.0

9 DNS

60

5

GBR121

Frances PETERS

Nicola GROVES

 

5.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

1.0

4.0

61

6

IRL997

Andrea BREWSTER

Saskia TIDEY

 

7.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

(DNF [9.0])

3.0

9.0

89

7

NED666

Jolbert VAN DIJK

Josca HUMMEL

 

6.0

7.0

7.0

(DNC [9.0])

DNC [9.0]

DNC [9.0]

DNC [9.0]

5.0

4.0

9.0 DNF

105

8

GBR196

Victoria PAYNE

Katie TOMSETT

 

(DNC [9.0])

DNC [9.0]

DNC [9.0]

7.0

7.0

RET [9.0]

7.0

DNC [9.0]

DNC [9.0]

9.0 DNF

127

 

Finn

Pos

Nation

Helm

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

M

Nett

1

GBR41

Giles SCOTT

3.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(RET [7.0])

2.0

20

2

GBR85

Andrew MILLS

4.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

4.0

36

3

GBR88

Mark ANDREWS

1.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

5.0

(DSQ [7.0])

1.0

8.0

41

4

GBR91

Ben CORNISH

2.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

4.0

6.0

55

5

GBR29

Peter MCCOY

6.0

6.0

6.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

3.0

10.0

69

6

GBR18

James HADDEN

5.0

4.0

4.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

12.0

80

 

Nacra 17

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

M

Nett

1

GBR42

Lucy MACGREGOR

Andrew WALSH

2.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

10.0

31

2

GBR76

Pippa WILSON

John GIMSON

1.0

4.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

(5.0)

4.0

3.0

2.0

32

3

GBR181

Ben SAXTON

Hannah DIAMOND

4.0

1.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

4.0

40

4

GBR182

Tom PHIPPS

Zennor PASCOE

6.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

(DNC [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

2.0

2.0

4.0

6.0

59

5

GBR120

Rupert WHITE

Nicola BONIFACE

3.0

5.0

3.0

6.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

5.0

6.0

8.0

64

6

GBR152

Alicia CLIFFORD

Thomas BRUTON

7.0

8.0

(RET [11.0])

5.0

5.0

5.0

8.0

6.0

5.0

12.0

89

7

NOR196

Nicholas Fadler MARTINSEN

Martine Steller MORTENSEN

5.0

6.0

(DNF [11.0])

7.0

RET [11.0]

RET [11.0]

7.0

7.0

OCS [11.0]

DNC [22.0]

128

8

JPN249

Hiroki GOTO

Wakako TABATA

8.0

10.0

(DNC [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

6.0

8.0

7.0

RET [22.0]

134

9

USA123

Stephanie HUDSON

Ian ANDREWES

10.0

7.0

6.0

(RET [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

9.0

9.0

8.0

RET [22.0]

138

10

GBR119

Tim CARTER

Abby ZAMBINSKI

9.0

9.0

(DNF [11.0])

DNS [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

10.0

10.0

9.0

DNC [22.0]

145


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