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Sailing - 24. January 2011.

British sailors out in force for Miami World Cup regatta



Britain's top Olympic and Paralympic classes sailors have descended on Miami for the first major event of 2011, and the second leg of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series - the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (24-29 January).

There was a dramatic build up to the event for Skandia Team GBR's Women's Match Racing World Championship-winning team as crew Annie Lush was rushed to hospital after falling 10ft to the ground from her Elliot 6m boat while it was docked in the boat park.  She had a lucky escape, suffering a wound to the head requiring 25 stitches, concussion, a broken nose and dislocated fingers in the fall.

She will fly home on Sunday to recover, with Mary Rook, with whom Lucy Macgregor, Lush and Kate Macgregor won their World Championship title in September, now standing in for Lush at the regatta which earned the team a silver medal in 2010.

Bryony Shaw will hold British hopes of silverware in the RS:X women's while Alison Young in the Laser Radial will hope to repeat her first ever World Cup podium spot - a third place in 2010 - at this year's event.

In the 470  event, Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes, Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark will compete in the 470 women's competition, along with Hannah Mills and Katie Archer sailing their first World Cup event since joining forces.


In the Paralympic Classes, British medal hopes include World Champions Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the SKUD event, the Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas, and Megan Pascoe and Helena Lucas in the one-person 2.4mR event.

The Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta - the second leg of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series - runs until Saturday 29 January.  Follow all the action at www.skandiateamgbr.com<http://www.skandiateamgbr.com>

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