Yngling Gold for Ayton, Webb and Wilson of Britain

Yngling 2008 European Championship - photo François Richard

Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson of Britain are the 2008 European Yngling Champions. They finished second in the Medal race Saturday to clinch the title.

In a close race Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi of the USA won the Medal race and thus moved into second overall, third place on the podium went to the Dutch team of Renne Groeneveld, Anne Bes and Merel Witteveen.

The British trio, who will represent GBR at the Beijing Games this summer, have now completed the second leg of the three major titles, adding the European title to the World title they won in Miami.

The American crew pulled out all the stops in the final race, coming through to the lead on the final downwind leg to pip the British boat at the line, this moved them to second from fourth overall, just one point off the title.

Yngling - Final places after Medal Race

1 GBR 12 Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson 53 pts
2 USA 337 Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi 54
3 NED 11 Renee Groeneveld/Annenieke Bes/Merel Witteveen 57
4 NED 1 Mandy Mulder/Brechtje Van der Werf/Floortje Hendriksen 61
5 RUS 4 Basalkina Anna/Ukraintseva Vladislava/Maximova Ekaterina 67
6 RUS 8 Ekaterina Skudina/Diana Krutskikh/Natalia Ivanova 68
7 GER 261 Schuemann, Ulrike/Bleck, Julia/Hoepfner, Ute 95
8 FRA 7 Le Helley Anne/Lepesant Catherine/Gerecht Julie 102
9 ESP 3 Monica Azon/Graciela Pisonero/Sandra Azon 105
10 GRE 7 Sofia Bekatorou/Sofia Papadopoulou/Virginia Kravarioti 112
11 AUS 59 Krystal Weir/Karyn Gojnich/Angela Farrell 113
12 DEN 195 Trine Palludan/Susanne Boidin/Ida Hartvig 115
13 NOR 406 Siren Sundby/Lise Birgitte Fredriksen/Alexandra Koefoed 115
14 FRA 9 Le Berre Anne-Claire/Ponsar Alice/Deplanque Marion 117
15 CHN 1 Song Xia Qun/Li Xiao Ni/Yu Yan Li 119
16 NED 111 Marjon Kooistra/Marye Faber/Marye Kampen 123
17 NED 350 Annelies Thies/Lieske Wierenga/Caroline Heerema 128
18 CHN 3 Li Jie/Wang Ru/Gao Yang 129
19 RSA 1 Dominique Provoyeur/Penny Alison/Kim Rew 149
20 ESP 8 Silvia Roca/Eva Gonzalez Moujir/Lara Cacabelos Afonso 161
21 ITA 16 Chiara Calligaris/Francesca Scognamillo/Giulia Pignolo 162
22 NED 335 Jildau fer Horst/Amy Righolt/Hilke Harns 182
23 NED 336 Lianne Kedde/Margot Eelkman - Rooda/Chantel Hakkel 193