GILES Scott, seemingly not content with his unassailable lead heading into the final day, finished his regatta off in style with another race win.
This was the Portland-based sailor’s seventh from 11 races – in the double-points medal race to extend his final winning margin to a whopping 50 points over 2013 European champion Vasilij Zbogar.
“I thought there was a bit less tide on the right, so I went that way upwind, managed to cross the fleet and round in front of everyone,” explained the 26-year-old European champion of his medal race approach.
“I then kind of stayed the same speed as the guys in second and third. It remained quite close and then Thomas Le Breton had a bit of a surge down the last run and we evened out and I just got him on the line.
“There were big choppy waves and there wasn’t much speed difference to be had. It was very close racing as medal racing should be.
“I have had a good 24 hours for it to settle in now,” said Scott of his event victory, “but I am very happy with how things are going at the moment and where I am at, and now I’m looking ahead to the bigger events later in the season.
“We have some training to do in the UK, and trips to Santander and Rio lined up.”
Meanwhile, Ed Wright made it a double podium celebration for Great Britain at the close of the championships on Saturday, claiming bronze on a breezy final day in La Rochelle.
Wright’s medal comes in addition to Scott’s convincing event victory a day ahead of time on Friday, and ensures a second straight Europeans podium finish for the Bournemouth sailor, who claimed silver at the same event last year.
It was so nearly silver again for Wright, who needed just one more boat between him and Zbogar in Saturday’s 10-boat finale to make the higher step of the podium.
But amid wet, windy and choppy conditions of 18-20 knots, Wright had to settle for sixth place in the medal race to Zbogar’s ninth to finish just one point behind the Slovenian on the leaderboard.
Andrew Mills was also in medal race action for the British Sailing Team, where he consolidated his overall sixth place.
In the Junior European Championships, which ran concurrently for under 22-year-old sailors, Emsworth’s Peter McCoy finished as the fourth-placed Junior sailor (second European Junior) behind Australia’s Jake Lilley, reigning world champion Jorge Zarif of Brazil, and Norway’s Anders Pedersen.
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