Nick Dempsey Wins Sail For Gold 2011

A jubilant Nick 'Golden Boy' Dempsey

Nick Dempsey and Ben Ainslie sealed victories in the RS:X windsurfing and Finn events on the final day of racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta today (Saturday 11 June), with further podium glory for British sailors in the 470 women’s, 49er and women’s match racing events taking the GBR medal tally to nine from their home World Cup regatta.

Dempsey had competition both from in front and behind heading into the medal race for the RS:X men’s windsurfing event, but fought off the New Zealander Jon Paul Tobin and Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge to claim World Cup gold in his home town.

“It feels brilliant.  We’ve had some pretty similar conditions most days so it’s been immensely tight racing,” said Dempsey.

“JP and Dorian have been sailing amazingly so I couldn’t really put a foot wrong as they made it very difficult.  But to finish off like that was amazing.  That race is kind of what it’s been like all week, so it’s been tough but it’s a really good result.”

Bryony Shaw ended her regatta on a high with a win the RS:X women’s medal race to finish seventh overall.

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