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Sailing: Ayton and Clark in ISAF World Cup series success

June 25, 2010

Britain’s sailors made for World Cup celebrations of their own yesterday after picking up two gold medals and a silver from the penultimate leg of the 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Kiel, Germany.



Ayton-and-ClarkTwo-time Olympic Champion Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark cemented their new partnership with gold in the 470 event – a first World Cup medal for Ayton since starting her campaign in the double-handed dinghy this season – with gold also going to Skandia Team GBR’s 49er duo John Pink and Rick Peacock.

Helena Lucas picked up silver in the 2.4mR Paralympic class to claim her third World Cup podium finish this year.

It proved a testing event all round, with light winds disrupting all but the first day of racing for most classes.

Ayton and Clark led the 470 class from the outset of a regatta where patience was key. After three races on Saturday’s opening day, the 470 class then saw just one more fleet race before advancing to Wednesday’s final medal race, in which a fourth for Ayton and Clark was enough to hand them the regatta victory by four points over Sweden’s Lisa Ericson and Astrid Gabrielsson.

Their win provides the Skandia Team GBR pair with a timely boost ahead of the 470 World Championships, which are due to start in the Netherlands in a fortnight’s time.

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“It was a tough week with such light winds, but thankfully we got lots of racing in on the first day!” Ayton explained.

“For us, this event was really just about honing some of our racing skills and working on our communications in the boat.

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“It takes time to put all those sorts of things in place in a new partnership, so it’s great to see that those aspects are gelling and gives us confidence ahead of the two big events for us this summer which are the Worlds and Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth.”

In the 2.4mR Paralympic fleet, Helena Lucas turned around a difficult start to her week to claim the silver medal behind the host’s Heiko Kroeger, but there was disappointment for RS:X windsurfer Bryony Shaw for whom an eighth place in the double-points scoring medal race ended her run of World Cup podium spots, with the Skandia Team GBR sailor finishing seventh overall.

The was also further disappointment for Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor, who were knocked out in the quarter-finals stage of the Elliot 6m women’s match racing event, finishing eighth in the final standings.

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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