Skandia Sail for Gold- Britain's team for Weymouth Test in August
by Stuart Alexander on 13 Jun 2011
Top international yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander of The Independent, was in Weymouth for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Here's his view of the final day of the event, and where to from here for the worlds most successful Olympic sailing nation:
Ben Ainslie (left) from Great Britain on his way to winning the Gold Medal, battles with fellow Brit Giles Scott (right), in the Finn class on the medal day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue. onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
The best was saved until last when, despite coming last in the final race, quadruple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie secured gold for Britain in the heavyweight Finn singlehanded dinghy at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta.
He first snuffed out any chance of his great rival Giles Scott scoring highly enough to overtake him and then, job done, allowed Scott to secure the silver medal by being ninth.
An all-British podium was missed by just one point as current world champion Ed Wright came fourth with Andrew Mills eighth.
That made a tally of two golds, three silvers, two bronze and both a paralympic gold and silver for top nation Britain, as Nick Dempsey won the windsurfer class, the Macgregor sisters Lucy and Kate with Annie Lush took silver in the match racing, as did Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the 470 dinghy.
Bronzes went to reigning Olympic champion Paul Goodison in the Laser and to Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in the high performance 49er.
All of them have been named to represent Britain as the fully developed new Olympic Games site will be in full test mode at the end of July, with the addition of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star keelboat, Charlotte Dobson in the Laser Radial, Bryony Shaw in the women’s windsurfer, and the men’s 470 pairing of Nick Rogers and Chris Grube.
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