sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team GBR's female sailors win six medals

Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team GBR's female sailors win six medals

'Team GBR Match Racing in Hyeres - Semaine Olympique Francais 2011'   
Semaine Olympique Francaise - It was Ladies Day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres (FRA) on Friday (29 April), with Britain’s female sailors picking up six medals on the final day of competition.

Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor claimed gold in the women’s match racing event, while there were two podium spots for GBR in the 470 women’s class and also the 2.4mR Paralympic event through Megan Pascoe and birthday girl Helena Lucas.

Olympic bronze medallist Bryony Shaw also took a hard-fought bronze in the RS:X women’s windsurfing event, taking Skandia Team GBR’s medal tally to nine at this French Olympic Sailing Week, with Ben Ainslie having secured gold in the Finn class a day early, and Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell and Alex Hovden-Kate Mannerings also sealing early gold and silver medals respectively in the SKUD Paralympic class.

With no British medals won in the women’s classes at the previous leg of the World Cup event in Palma earlier this month, Skandia Team GBR’s girls came out fighting on Friday.

Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor were guaranteed a silver in their Elliot 6m women’s match racing final against Sally Barkow’s American trio. Not prepared to settle for second place they took a comfortable 2-0 lead before having to claw back behind in the third match to secure the 3-0 win – their first World Cup medal since the Rolex Miami OCR last January.

'It’s fantastic winning here in Hyeres. Kate and Annie did an awesome job, it was pretty tricky conditions all week so we’re really pleased to be on the top of the podium after a couple where we haven’t been,' Lucy Macgregor explained.

'We didn’t expect it to be three-nil really. None of the matches were easy – the breeze kept us on our toes and especially in that last match we managed to come back from behind, stay calm and get the win to finish off three-nil so that was just fantastic.

The trio, who donned Annie Lush-designed makeshift crowns on the water after their victory, in tribute to today’s Royal Wedding celebrations, have been working with a new Dutch coach Maurice Paardenkooper, this year and are excited about their progress.'It’s great working with Maurice,' Lucy concluded.

'The three of us are really enjoying it and we feel that there’s loads more to come so that’s the most exciting thing looking forward.' Skandia Team GBR’s 470 women’s teams booked two podium berths for the first time at a World Cup event, with the new pairing of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark bedding in their new partnership with a silver, with teammates Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes taking bronze.

Mills and Clark finished fifth in their 10-boat medal race, to Clark and Hughes’s eighth. 'We’ve made some massive gains forward since Palma, particularly on our starting and upwind communications and you can see the difference,' Mills explained.

'The result is great for us as well as just knowing in ourselves that we’ve got better.'

'I think having two teams on the podium is maybe unheard of for British 470 women’s sailing,' Saskia Clark added, 'so it’s a really exciting place for the squad and we’ll hopefully keep pushing forward together through until next summer.'

Megan Pascoe and Helena Lucas secured another two medals for GBR in the 2.4mR Paralympic class. Lucas started her 36th birthday in the best possible way with a win in the first of day’s two races, with a ninth in the second race enough to seal her bronze, while Pascoe made it two World Cup medals in two World Cup regattas, holding on to a silver medal in Hyeres with scores of 6,2 today.

In the RS:X women’s event, Bryony Shaw was fifth heading into the 10 boat final and had a fight on her hands to secure a podium finish. But she reveled in the increased wind conditions this afternoon, winning the medal race and relegating her rivals in third and fourth overnight Chen Peina (CHN) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) ninth and tenth in the ten boat final, which handed Shaw the bronze medal by 11 points.

Already assured of his Finn class gold, Ben Ainslie finished his regatta in style by winning the medal race to end the event with a 40 point margin over silver medallist Zach Railey (USA).

Gilles Scott (GBR41) Finn - Semaine Olympique Francais -  © Guillaume Durand   Click Here to view large photo

Giles Scott and Ed Wright end their regatta in seventh and eighth places respectively, having placed fourth and sixth in the medal race. In the 49er medal race, Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign were unable to improve on their sixth place heading into today, with teammates Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith ninth overall, while Laser Olympic Champion Paul Goodison ends his regatta in tenth.

'Overall it’s been a good performance by Skandia Team GBR at this World Cup event, with some fantastic results in the women’s classes after we missed out in those events in Palma,' said RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park.

'It’s great to see Lucy, Annie and Kate back to winning ways in the match racing, and it’s a unique situation for us to have two women’s 470 teams on the podium so it’s great to see that both teams are continuing to up their game and challenge at the front of the fleet.'

Park continued: 'Bryony worked hard for her bronze in the RS:X event, and four medals from two Paralympic classes is a great return.

'Having missed the medal race cut in a few classes there are still clearly areas to improve on, and in a class with so much British talent it was particularly disappointing that we didn’t deliver a medal in the 49er class.'

'Across the programme though we’re on track with where we need to be in our 2012 preparations.'

GBR medal tally from the 2011 French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyeres

Gold
Ben Ainslie (Finn)
Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor (Women’s Match Racing)
Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (SKUD)

Silver
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470 Women)
Megan Pascoe (2.4mR)
Alex Hovden and Kate Mannerings (SKUD)

Bronze
Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes (470 Women)
Helena Lucas (2.4mR)
Bryony Shaw (RS:X Women)

RYA website




by RYA

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=82998

11:24 PM Fri 29 Apr 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

02 May 2011  Semaine Olympique Française - great skills and battles
30 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise Bronze for Tom Slingsby
30 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise - The battle to the top
30 Apr 2011  Team AlphaGraphics four medals at French Olympic Sailing Week
30 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise Finn - Silver and bronze medals decided
29 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise 2011 - Sara Winther the raging radial
29 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussie crews shoot for medals
29 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise Finn - Another in the bag for Ainslie
29 Apr 2011  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Seven gold
29 Apr 2011  French Olympic Sailing Week - US Sailing Team into medal races
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World























































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,












Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT