British sailors came away with five medals from the final day’s races at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Saturday (27 January), bringing their regatta total to nine across the 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes.
But although they finished with more silverware than any other nation at the Grade 1 event, Skandia Team GBR rued missed opportunities in a number of the Olympic classes – the chance of gold melted into silver for Leigh McMillan and Will Howden in the Tornado class, and Bryony Shaw was unable to hold on her overnight lead in the RS:X women’s windsurfing event and had to settle for a bronze after an eighth place in the final double points scoring medal race.
Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield in the men’s 470 class were the only Brits to clinch gold on the final day of racing in
“The whole event has gone really well for us,” explained
“All of the world’s best sailors in the 470 fleet are here – some might not have their best boats with them, but still it’s been really pleasing to win against the top guys, to get racing and to see where there are areas we need to work on.”
In the Tornado class, overnight leaders Leigh McMillan and Will Howden – already assured of a silver – just needed to keep within four boats of the Australian World Champions Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby to secure a second gold for
“It’s a real shame not to have won today, but we have to look at the positives of this result,” said Howden. “It was only four weeks ago we were coming 19th at the Worlds so this is a huge improvement for us.”
Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey also suffered with the 35 degree wind shifts which beset the RS:X course. Shaw could only manage an eighth place in the women’s medal race to see her fall from first to third overall, and Dempsey trailed across the line in tenth in the men’s final to push him out of the medals from his third place overnight.
In the Yngling women’s keelboat event,
“It’s been a great event for us, and a great result for Pippa,” commented Sarah Webb.
“We’re really happy with a silver in our first Grade 1 together, but mostly we’ve learnt a lot as a new team from this regatta. Our training so far has been focussed on speed – we haven’t really done any racing practice yet, so our performance on the race course this week has been encouraging.”
Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes put on a solid display in the 49er final, finishing fourth to boost them up onto the podium in silver medal position after heading into the medal race in fifth place. Spanish Olympic Champions Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez saw gold slip from their grasp when they were called early over the start line.
Skandia Team GBR’s five medals from the final day’s races in the Olympic classes is added to the four won on Friday in the Paralympic disciplines, where British sailors Dan Parsons, Tom Pygall and Guy Draper won gold and John Roberson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas took bronze in the three person Sonar class, and also took silver and bronze in the single-handed 2.4mR category through Megan Pascoe and Helena Lucas.
“That said, I’m slightly disappointed that in some classes we were unable to capitalise on some real opportunities that were out there – opportunities to convert leading positions in the Tornado and RS:X women’s events, and chances to convert podium placings into gold medals!
“It’s been a learning regatta for many of the sailors, and I’m sure that everyone will leave here having learnt a great deal and with plenty to think about ahead of the next Grade 1 event in April in
British medallists in Miami:
British medallists in Miami:
Gold: Nick Rogers-Joe Glanfield (470 Men); Dan Parsons-Tom Pygall-Guy Draper (Sonar) SIlver: Sarah Ayton-Sarah Webb-Pippa Wilson (Yngling) Leigh McMillan-Will Howden (Tornado) Stevie Morrison-Ben Rhodes (49er) Megan Pascoe (2.4mR) Bronze: Bryony Shaw (RS:X women) John Robertson-Hannah Stodel-Stephen Thomas (Sonar) Helena Lucas (2.4mR) For the full regatta results and information, visit www.skandiateamgbr.com
Nick Rogers-Joe Glanfield (470 Men);
Dan Parsons-Tom Pygall-Guy Draper (Sonar)
Sarah Ayton-Sarah Webb-Pippa Wilson (Yngling)
Leigh McMillan-Will Howden (Tornado)
Stevie Morrison-Ben Rhodes (49er)
Megan Pascoe (2.4mR)
Bryony Shaw (RS:X women)
John Robertson-Hannah Stodel-Stephen Thomas (Sonar)
Helena Lucas (2.4mR)
For the full regatta results and information, visit www.skandiateamgbr.com