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Windsurfing: Bryony Shaw helps kick off GBR medal tally in Weymouth

August 12, 2011

Bryony Shaw claimed Britain’s first medal for the women at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta yesterday, winning bronze in the RS:X women’s windsurfing event.

Shaw_WPIR_1109It proved a successful day all round for the Brits, as Bryony was joined in victory by Nick Dempsey (pictured together) who won silver in the men’s event.

Having pushed into the top three positions for the first time heading into the final day, Bryony was buoyed by her bronze.

Although the Beijing bronze medallist didn’t enjoy the best of medal races – finishing seventh after falling in on a tack, it was enough maintain her overall third.

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“This is my target regatta for the year, so to medal here I am really, really happy,” she explained.

Using the event as a dress rehearsal, Bryony described a ‘real buzz’ surrounding the team: “Skandia Team GBR is really tight, building towards next year,” she said.

“All the preparation is about board speed, and just making sure again that I am minimising mistakes, getting the experience and reeling in the Spanish and Polish girls.

“I feel like I am so much better than I was in Qingdao. This is about being an all-rounder in Weymouth, so I feel like I am on track.”

Shaw_WPIR_1108Today is a high stakes day, with medal racing for the 470 men, 470 women, Laser and Radial classes, and the continuation of racing in the Finn, Star and 49er fleets who lose their originally-planned rest day after heavy winds disrupted their schedule.

For today’s medal races, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark will look to protect their overall first in the 470 women’s event, where they hold a narrow one-point lead over the Japanese duo Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata going into the final race.

Elsewhere, Charlotte Dobson will hope for a solid Laser Radial medal race to end her regatta with.

For the latest news and information from the British Sailing Team at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, visit www.skandiateamgbr.com or follow on Twitter (@SkandiaTeamGBR).

Investment specialist Skandia is the principal sponsor of the British sailing team. For more information go to www.skandiateamgbr.com

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Skandia Team GBR

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