Giles Scott and Alison Young claim gold at sailing’s World Cup Palma


Great Britain enjoyed another successful World Cup event with seven medalling crews in Palma – but not everyone appreciated the competition’s new format.

Two of the seven medallists came home with gold and Giles Scott, victor in the Finn class, breathed a sigh of relief when he crossed the finish line. Coming into the second of two medal races, Scott had had his lead cut down to just one point by Pieter-Jan Postma of the Netherlands and the final race would be a winner-takes-all showdown. Fortunately, Scott knew just what to do.

“We had a little bit of an engagement in the pre-start which was good fun,” revealed Scott. “And fortunately I came off the better. He also made it a little bit easier for me half way round when he capsized!” But Scott didn’t enjoy the new rules, adding: “It did work out all right for me but I don’t really like it as I prefer consistency over the week and the varied conditions to be recognised in the results.”

Giles Scott was joined on the top step of the podium by Alison Young in the Laser Radial class. Young had dominated the fleet all week and a second place in the first medal race gave her a distinct advantage over Denmark’s Sarah Gunni and by keeping her at bay in the final race, Young was gifted the gold medal.

Scott and Young’s victories came off the back of Megan Pascoe’s silver medal in the 2.4R Paralympic class, the first of an onslaught of British successes. Bryony Shaw repeated her silver medal achievement in Miami, but she may well be disappointed that she relinquished her overnight lead to Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini. Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh Mcintyre also claimed gold in the 470 class. Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield took bronze in the male equivalent, as did David Evans and Edward Powys in the 49er.

The World Cup moves onto its next stage in Hyeres on the 22nd April until the 27th.



470 (Men)
Luke Patience/Joe Glanfield – 3rd place, 36 points
Mike Wood/Hugh Brayshaw – 42nd place
Robert Gullan/Nick Cherry – 59th place

470 (Women)
Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh Mcintyre – 2nd place, 28 points
Anna Burnet/Flora Stewart – 12th place
Joanna Freeman/Kirstie Urwin – 27th place
Amy Seabright/Claire Cumming – 28th place
Jess Lavery/Megan Brickwood – 34th place

David Evans/Edward Powys – 3rd place, 51 points
Stephen Morrison/Ben Rhodes – 4th place, 60 points
Dylan Fletcher/Alain Sign – 10th place
John Pink/Simon Wheeler – 15th place
James Peters/Ed Fitzgerald – 20th place
Henry Lloyd Williams/Sam Batten – 30th place
Stuart Bithell/Chris Grube – 39th place
Nic Asher/Fynn Sterritt – 40th place
Alex Tobutt/Stuart Appleby – 50th place
Jack Hawkins/Christopher Thomas – 52nd place
Tom Bucktrout/Dominick Burke – 65th place

Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth – 5th place, 53 points
Penny Clark/Nicola Groves – 10th place
Kate Macgregor/Mary Rook – 22nd place
Frances Peters/Pippa Taylor – 23rd place

Giles Scott – Gold, 17 points
Andrew Mills – 5th place, 51 points
Mark Andrews – 6th place, 58 points
Peter McCoy – 34th place
James Hadden – 38th place
Paul Childs – 50th place

Alex Mills Barton – 9th place, 80 points
Nick Thompson – 16th place
Elliot Hanson – 26th place
Martin Evans – 33rd place
Lorenzo Chiavarini – 37th place
Jack Wetherell – 41st place
Ben Cornish – 46th place
Cameron Douglas – 71st place
Matt Reid – 74th place

Laser Radial
Alison Young – Gold, 37 points
Chloe Martin – 9th place, 75 points

Lucy Macgregor/Tom Phipps – 5th place, 60 points
Pippa Wilson/John Gimson – 8th place, 72 points
Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond – 13th place
Rupert White/Nikki Boniface – 21st place

RS:X (Men)
Tom Squires – 9th place, 89 points
Sam Sills – 19th place

RS:X (Women)
Bryony Shaw – Silver, 23 points
Claudia Carney – 13th place

Megan Pascoe – Silver, 12 points
Will Street – 10th place, 78 points
Craig Wood – 12th place, 96 points
Carol Dugdale – 13th place, 97 points
Steven Palmer – 17th place, 134 points

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