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Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey - the winners of Sail for Gold Regatta 2014

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Nick Dempsey 2014The Sail for Gold Regatta provided a fast and furious finale in Weymouth and Portland as the third leg of the 2014 EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series came to a close (Friday 6 June). A range of conditions were thrown at the sailors across the five days of racing and on the final day an easterly 20-25 knots with gusts reaching 30 knots made for an exciting final day of racing.

BryonyS4G2014Bryony Shaw gave a masterclass in windsurfing this week as the world number two concluded her regatta with an unblemished scorecard. The Beijing Olympic bronze medallist was in scintillating form from the outset, finishing 18 points ahead of Spain’s Blanca Manchon in second and Izzy Hamilton in third.

“I am really pleased to win Sail for Gold again this year, it’s been good quality racing and it has been great to have Blanca Manchon from Spain over who has been my main rival all week.

“I have never won every race at a regatta before and it’s great to do that here in Weymouth and Portland. We have had a lot of time on these waters, training hard and as it’s a unique place I think that is one of the reasons why I have been going so well.”

 

Nick Dempsey 02RS:X Windsurfing World Champion Nick Dempsey has ruled the 9.5 fleet throughout the week. The Olympic silver medallist posted ten race wins form the 13 races completed, and finished today’s medal race in second behind Connor Bainbridge (GBR) to claim his first gold medal since the same regatta in 2013.

“It’s been a week where it started off really tough in the light winds and then as the week has gone on the wind has got stronger, with today being a really nice windy medal race. It has been brilliant racing from the start all the way through, it certainly looks a lot easier when you look at the results than it actually was, but it’s great for myself and our GBR training group.”

After missing out on the podium at the two ISAF Sailing World Cup events in Hyeres and Palma, Dempsey admits that his performance this week has given him a timely boost as he heads into key regattas this summer.

“I’m really pleased with how I have been sailing recently, I got a bit of a kick-in in Palma and Hyeres earlier on in the year – it was expected but the last couple of months’ training have gone really well with everything starting to come tougher again and I’m starting to feel pretty good. I felt great this week and I now can’t wait to get out to Rio.”

Men medalists:
1. Nick Dempsey (GBR)

2. Tom Squires (GBR)
3. Joe Bennett (GBR)

Women medalists:
1. Bryony Shaw (GBR)
2. Blanca Manchon (ESP)
3. Isobel Hamilton (GBR)

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 June 2014 20:05 )