SAILING: Golden hat-trick for British stars

EYES ON GLORY: Giles Scott

EYES ON GLORY: Giles Scott

First published in Sport

GILES Scott, Bryony Shaw and the 470 women’s pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre ensured a golden hat-trick for Britain’s sailors on the final day of the ISAF World Cup in Miami.

Weguelin and McIntyre clawed their way back through the medal race fleet to claim their first World Cup title since teaming up a year ago, while Portland’s Scott managed to overhaul a nine-point gap behind Australia’s Oliver Tweddell to seal honours in the Finn class – his third victory in three regattas since his return to the class following America’s Cup duties.

Bronze medals for new pairing Stevie Morrison and Chris Grube in the 49er, Frances Peters and Nicola Groves in the 49erFX, Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond in the Nacra 17 and Laser sailor Nick Thompson ensured a lucrative 11-medal return for the British Sailing Team.

Scott overcame a difficult hurdle in the form of Tweddell, who sailed an impressive opening series to amass a nine-point lead over the British sailor.

But it wasn’t enough, with the 26-year-old Scott’s conservative medal race tactics paying off.

“It was a very difficult race,” Scott explained. “Oli was a bit more high-risk. I think I rounded in about fourth or fifth and he was eighth or ninth. We kind of maintained that gap – as I picked up a few he picked up a few. I managed to dial him down when I was coming down on the port layline when I was coming downwind.

“That held him up another couple of boat lengths, which confirmed it for me, so I was very happy with how it went.”

“All you can do is try and look after yourself and try and do everything you can to get yourself in a good position, and see where your competitors are in the fleet, and see if you can affect them in any way you can.”

Portland’s Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield were also in final day action in the 470 men’s class, finishing eighth overall with a sixth in the medal race.

GBR Medal tally – GOLD: Megan Pascoe (2.4mR) Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell (SKUD) Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntyre (470 Women) Giles Scott (Finn) Bryony Shaw (RS:X Women)

Silver: John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas (Sonar)

Bronze: Helena Lucas (2.4mR) Stevie Morrison-Chris Grube (49er) Frances Peters-Nicola Groves (49erFX) Ben Saxton-Hannah Diamond (Nacra 17) Nick Thompson (Laser)

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