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Sailing - 08. April 2011.

Pascoe claims first British medal in Palma World Cup

vPascoe claims first British medal in Palma World Cup

Paralympic hopeful Megan Pascoe secured Britain's first medal of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma on Friday (8 April).

Pascoe claimed bronze for Skandia Team GBR on the final day of racing in the 2.4mR Paralympic class.

A total of fifteen British boats will compete across seven classes on the final day of this Princess Sofia Trophy - the third leg of the 2011 World Cup series

The 2.4mR - the only one of the three Paralympic classes to race in Palma - concluded their regatta on Friday, with the 24-year-old Pascoe sailing a consistent series to claim her first podium finish of the year.

"It's always nice to come away with a World Cup medal - it would have been nice to have a different colour but I did my best with what I had on the last day," she explained, adding that a podium finish at the first event of the European season is a welcome confidence boost in a year where thoughts turn to Paralympic selection.

"I'm really happy with the medal, and to be top Brit as well," Pascoe continued.  "Me and Helena work well together and we've got this pact where we'll do our best to get a Paralympic medal, whichever one of us is selected to compete there.  It's nice this early on in the season to be top Brit, and hopefully I can hold on to it later in the year."

Time away from the racecourse appears to not have harmed Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, who are already assured gold a day ahead of time in the Star class.  Their 27 point lead cannot be overturned, so they'll leave Palma with a welcome World Cup event victory as they start their 2012 campaign in earnest.

"We've had a good week and things have gone well but it was kind of one of those times where things worked out and some of our rivals didn't have good weeks," Percy admitted.

"The result shows us to be a little bit further ahead than maybe we are, but still we're really happy. It's nice to win an event after such a long time away.

The 35-year-old continued:  "We didn't actually feel particularly quick this week. We're normally pretty fast and upwind certainly we weren't that quick so we've got to work on that a lot to try and get faster.

"You can sail well here and there, but one thing's for sure you have to be fast in this game and we weren't quite there this week.  There's a little bit of work still to be done."

The women's match racing team of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor missed out on the medal chances , losing their quarter-final to 3-2 to Sally Barkow (USA), while windsurfer Bryony Shaw and GBR's Laser Radial sailors will also sit out the last day of racing after missing out on the 10 medal race places.
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