James Henson and Olivier Greber ensured a medal-winning finish for RYA Volvo Team GBR, when they retained their overnight position, in what was a tense final SL16 race to secure a hard fought bronze medal at the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Limmassol, Cyprus Friday.
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Entering today’s final medal race decider, the Brits needed a higher place finish than Brazil’s Kim Andrade and Antonio Carlos Lopes Neto.
Trailing the Brazilian boat around the entire course and hot on their heels at the last windward mark, the GBR boys opted for an alternative route to the Brazilian boat and gave it all they had on the final downwind of the regatta.
Relying on pure boat speed in the make or break final run, Henson and Greber took the advantage coming out in front of their Brazilian competitors to cross the finish line in seventh, enough to clinch the bronze medal on their ISAF Youth Worlds debut.
In the girls RS:X class, RYA Volvo Team GBR’s 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds Champion Saskia Sills finished her regatta in sixth.
In the double handed 420 class, RYA Volvo Team GBR’s Annabel Cattermole and Bryony Bennet-Lloyd and the boy pairing of Tim Riley and Luke Burywood had a challenging ISAF Youth Worlds debut. The girls finished 12th while Riley and Burywood closed their week in 17th.
Representing RYA Volvo Team GBR in the 29er class was Mimi El-Khazindar and her crew Ben Batten. The pair struggled in the Mediterranean conditions which left them 16th overall.
Ellie Meopham battled hard all week to finish inside the top ten of a very competitive Laser Radial fleet while her Welsh compatriot Tom Williams round his regatta off in 31st.
19 July 2013 18:40