Shaw takes Sailing World Cup gold in Abu Dhabi

30 November 2014 / 19:21

Bryony Shaw intends to take her momentum into next season after she claimed gold in the RS:X windsurfing event at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi.

Shaw, an Olympic bronze medallist in 2008, led from the outset and her victory made it four medals for Britain’s Sailing Team.

The 31-year-old took a solid 16-point lead into the final day over world champion Charline Picon and finished second in the medal race to secure overall victory.

“I’m really pleased to have had such a convincing win here – it’s been a tough year in that I’ve kept missing out on the podiums,” said Shaw.

“I managed to win Miami back at the beginning of the year and now this being the end of the year, it’s nice to be back on top of the podium.  Hopefully I can take that momentum into next season.

“I was just keeping my eye on the French girl and matching her every move, which was good fun.”

In the Women’s 470 there was silver for Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre – the former fit again after undergoing treatment for deep vein thrombosis.

The duo started the day in fifth but won the medal race to elevate them into the podium places.

“We’ve had a good week and getting back in the boat has been great, getting back into feeling the boat and a little bit of boat handling and building up our communication,” said McIntyre.

“We were quite tight on points going into the medal race but we sailed quite a good race to win it, which moved us up into silver medal position, so we’re very happy.” 

Elsewhere 470 Olympic silver medallist Stuart Bithell came from fifth place with 49er partner John Pink to claim bronze and he was satisfied to have got something to show for his efforts.

“We were in fifth position with every medal available to us.  We went out and attacked the race, trying to win it – that’s what our game plan was,” said Bithell.

“We didn’t manage to do that, but we had a good race and managed to make our way up to third position, which was good.  We’re happy to come away with a medal to round off the World Cup year.” 

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