PORTLAND-based Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won the World Cup Series final for the second year running as Elliot Hanson continued his run of success since returning from injury with a bronze.

After a string of silver medals in 2018, Mills and McIntyre went into the regatta in Marseille, France, aiming to replicate their win in the women’s 470 class at the 2017 event, their first outing as a new crew.

They were dominant over the week’s 10 races, only finishing outside of the top three on four occasions and counting fifth as their worst result in the 20-boat fleet.

Going into the double points-scoring medal race Mills and McIntyre had a commanding eight-point lead over closest rivals Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina of Spain.

Despite several attempts to get the race underway, the wind proved too light for fair competition and racing was abandoned, handing Mills and McIntyre victory.

The win sets the pair up perfectly for the 2018 season highlight, the Sailing World Championships taking place in Aarhus, Denmark, in August.

Mills, 30, said: “Eilidh and I only teamed up a year ago and we won the 2017 World Cup Series final in Santander,

“We’ve had a couple of silvers this year but this is actually the first event we’ve won since then. It’s great and it’s really where we want to be.

“We’ve got the World Championships this summer followed by the first Olympic test event in Enoshima, and those will really be the events we’re aiming to peak for.”

McIntyre, 24, added: “It’s a great feeling to be back a year on and still be in the yellow winners’ bibs.

“We’ve learned a lot this year and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season. Two years out from the next Olympics we’re in a good position.”

Fellow Brits Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter finished the regatta in eighth overall.

In the Laser fleet Rio 2016 Olympian Thompson, 32, began the race in third but a seventh-place medal race finish saw him slip to fourth overall.

The British Sailing Team’s closing day medal haul adds to the bronze won by Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface in the Nacra 17 multihull class yesterday, and saw Great Britain awarded the Nations Trophy for best overall performance.