Double gold for Great Britain
April 28, 2012 13:14 pm
Great Britain's Star and Sonar crews secured gold on the final day of the French World Cup regatta in Hyeres.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson romped to victory in the Star class by winning the medal race by 1 minute 20 seconds, while Skandia Team GBR team-mates John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas also took home gold in the Sonar class.
That was the only one of the three Paralympic classes to leave the dock on Friday due to strong winds, although it meant Helena Lucas took home silver in the 2.4mR class and saw the SKUD crew of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell also finish second.
"This World Cup event in France has been an interesting week," RYA Olympic manager Stephen Park told Press Association Sport. "It has been particularly windy for a lot of the competition and that has meant it has been challenging for the race teams.
"From our side, the sailing team, it has actually gone fairly well in terms of results, particularly in our Paralympic classes which we were having a bit of a focus on here.
"We only competed in a few Olympic classes, most of them having competed in the Palma World Cup regatta and now being back in Weymouth training specifically for the Olympic Games, but in the Olympic classes we took part in we did well."
While selection for many of the classes sorted, the Hyeres regatta was particularly important for those crews sailing for a spot in the Olympic team.
Lucas did her hopes of securing a Paralympic spot no harm with a silver medal, although the regatta proved frustrating for several Skandia Team GBR team-mates.
Alison Young missed out on a podium spot by one point in the Laser Radial event after being involved in an intense tussle with fellow British hopeful Charlotte Dobson in the medal race.
Things were equally frustrating for 49er duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who were denied the chance to improve on their fourth-place standing after racing in their class was called off for the second successive day.
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