British Sailing Team’s Podium squad sailors topped all the classes this weekend as WPNSA staged the opening event of the 2013 RYA Autumn Olympic Classes National Ranking Series.
Racing got underway in a shifty 12-20 knots with gusts of up to 25 knots on Saturday with all classes managing five races, apart from the 2.4mR fleet who completed four. Sunday saw a different story with extremely strong winds gusting 40 knots preventing any further action at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue except for the 470’s and RS:X who managed to complete two races in gusty conditions.
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London 2012 silver medallist and reigning RS:X World Champion Nick Dempsey showed his pedigree from the word go, claiming six race wins from the seven race series ahead of his British Sailing Team training partner Tom Squires who finished second.
Fresh from his victory at the Semaine Olympique Francaise earlier this month, Giles Scott continued his momentum in the Finn with two race wins and three seconds to clinch event victory ahead of his fellow British Sailing Team Podium Squad sailors Andrew Mills and Mark Andrews who finished second and third respectively.
In the 470 event, Sophie Weguelin-Eilidh McIntyre battled off strong competition from Jonny McGovern-Joe Butterworth to finish with an eight point lead at the top of the leaderboard. Amy Seabright-Anna Carpenter, who clinched bronze at the fifth and final leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup in La Rochelle, finished this opening event of the Series in third.
The Nacra 17 fleet witnessed a tight battle at top of the fleet between World silver medallists Ben Saxton-Hannah Diamond and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Pippa Wilson and her crew John Gimson. Trading first and seconds in the opening two races of the regatta, Saxton-Diamond went onto claim the final two race wins on Saturday to secure event honours by a single point. Lucy Macgregor-Richard Mason were third.
Five race wins for makeshift crew Stevie Morrison-Sophie Ainsworth gave them weekend victory in the 49erFX event ahead of Frances Peters-Nicola Groves, while in the men’s 49er the battle between first and second place was extremely intense over the weekend of racing, but it was Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign who took event honours on count back over Dave Evans-Ed Powys. Nick Asher-Fynn Sterritt rounded their weekend off in third.
In the 13-strong 2.4mR Paralympic class, London 2012 Paralympic champion Helena Lucas took event victory finishing top of the pile with eight points. Megan Pascoe took second place, two points behind Lucas, while Eric Dyre’s bullet in race two was enough to give the third step on the podium.
21 October 2013 16:53 GMT