Britain’s sailors picked up four more medals on the closing day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Holland on Sunday (30 May) to bring their total medal tally to five at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik.
Windsurfer Nick Dempsey and the women’s match racing trio of Lucy Macgregor, Nicky Muller and Ally Martin picked silver medals, with Bryony Shaw’s bronze from the women’s RS:X windsurfing and Helena Lucas’s bronze in the 2.4mR Paralympic class adding to the gold already won by 470 duo Nic Asher and Elliot Willis on Saturday night.
There was final day disappointment, however, in the Finn and Laser events though, with Ed Wright and Nick Thompson both missing out the podium spots.
Nick Dempsey opened the batting for Skandia Team GBR on Sunday’s final day, with a solid performance in the RS:X men’s windsurfing event pulling him into the silver medal spot from his overnight place of fifth.
The reigning World Champion made the best of the light wind conditions which prevailed at the start of the day, and recovered to third place in the 10-boat race even after re-crossing the startline fearing he had jumped the gun.
It’s Dempsey’s first World Cup medal of the year, and the 29-year-old was happy to have made the podium this week after some under par results at the previous Palma and French legs of the World Cup series.
“The week’s gone really well, it’s been a really tough week so I’m happy,” he admitted.
“It’s been a pretty tough year so far with underperforming in Palma after not being very well for a month and then still struggling in Hyeres. As the season goes on you get fitter and stronger and it’s nice to know that I’m almost back on track to where I’d like to be.
“It gives me a stack of confidence – I really have struggled to find form and find pace in some of the conditions. The light wind stuff is now starting to get really good again, I’m really very happy with all the light wind work we’ve been doing, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do in the stronger winds.”
Olympic bronze medallist Bryony Shaw, who broke into the top three positions for the first time yesterday, went into the medal race in the bronze medal position.
She managed to hold on to the overall third spot, in spite of having to take penalty turns after infringing her French rival Pauline Perron at the first windward mark, wither bronze now meaning she’s picked up three straight podium spots from the three European World Cup events so far.
“It’s been a really hard week – I only just got the red dot today from the win that I got yesterday,” said Shaw afterwards.
“It’s been hard to stay consistent in the really shifty offshore winds so it was good to finish on the podium finally. I’m tired but I’m happy!”
“I’d say I’m pretty strong in light wind conditions and it’s important to try and play to your strengths. Today I was making sure I kept an eye on the French girl who was closest to me in points, and just tried to stay relaxed and sail sensibly!”
Skandia Team GBR medal tally
Nic Asher-Elliot Willis (470 Men)
Nick Dempsey (RS:X Men)
Lucy Macgregor-Nicky Muller-Ally Martin (Women’s Match Racing)
Bryony Shaw (RS:X Women)
Helena Lucas (2.4mR)
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