Britain’s Olympic sailing hopefuls scooped more medals at the Breitling Regatta which concluded in Medemblik, Holland, on Sunday (27 May), with four bronzes coming on a windless last day to add to their gold from Saturday’s Yngling final.
Skandia Team GBR’s Female medal success came in the Laser Radial for Penny Clark with Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson having already clinched gold in Saturday evening’s Yngling final.
What little breeze there was for the Finn and 470 women’s finals – in which Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark were second to finish in fourth place overall – had shut down by late morning, leading to a lengthy stint on shore and a nerve-racking wait for sailors who had the podium within their sights.
With the Laser, Laser Radials and RS:X windsurfers unable to get racing, the results after Saturday’s races for those classes were confirmed as final. Penny Clark’s fondness for Medemblik continued with a bronze for her in the Laser Radial. She won silver last year, and describes this regatta as “the one which always kick-starts my season!”
Clark was hotly pursued by three other British sailors in her quest for Dutch silverware, with Charlotte Dobson, Andrea Brewster and Laura Baldwin occupying the fourth, fifth and sixth places in the Radial results table.
The next major test for most of Skandia Team GBR will be the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal (28 June-13 July), which is an all-important event in the qualification process for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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