Five British female sailors are set to compete in their first regatta of this Olympic year when the World Cup series racing gets underway in Miami today.
The women’s match racing trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor, along with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470 Women) are among the 24 Skandia Team GBR sailors, who will be on the start line at this Rolex Miami OCR.
In the Paralympic classes, Skandia Team GBR’s SKUD duo of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, and the Sonar team of Hannah Stodel, who is joined by John Robertson and Steve Thomas, have already seen a medal-winning start to their Paralympic year at the IFDS World Championships in Port Charlotte, Florida, which concluded last weekend.
Rickham and Birrell captured their fourth straight World Championship title last Sunday, with the Sonar trio claiming bronze, but both teams will be eager to keep the momentum going at this second stage of the 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
In the 2.4mR Paralympic class, where selection trials for the one Paralympics GB spot are still ongoing, both Helena Lucas and Megan Pascoe will be eager to impress. Lucas came close to the podium spots at the World Championships last week, finishing fourth, while Pascoe is back in action at this regatta, given the all-clear by the team’s medical support after a health scare saw her frustratingly sidelined from the IFDS Worlds.
The RYA (the national body for boating) Olympic Manager Stephen Park said, “Miami provides a great opportunity for some quality racing off the back of the Perth World Championships and before the European regatta season starts, which means the sailors have the chance to race hard and at the same time identify any areas for development to take away and work on during over the next few weeks and months, before they can next put them to the test in the next World Cup or World and European Championship competitions.”
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine