The British Sailing
Team’s Finn sailors will be out in force at the class’s European Championship
in Cadiz, Spain, as they attempt to better last year’s impressive medal haul.
The 2017 event saw
British sailors dominate the action with Ed Wright finishing runner up, Ben
Cornish completing the podium in third and rising star Henry Wetherell
claiming the Under 23 crown.
The trio will be
among the favourites for the 2018 top spot when racing gets underway on
Monday but they will face stiff competition – the 96-strong fleet includes
world champion Max Salminen (SWE), Rio 2016 bronze medallist Caleb Paine
(USA), reigning European champion Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and America’s Cup
‘cyclors’ Andy Maloney and Josh Junior (NZL).
Wright, 40, will
start the European Championship as the world’s top ranked sailor with
Cornish, 26, nipping at his heels in second.
Both will be out to
claim Great Britain’s first European gold since Giles Scott took the top spot
in 2014 – and get the measure of their international rivals ahead of the
Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, this summer.
Wright, who boasts
five European Championship medals including a gold from 2006, said: “It would
be great to win the title again and I will do my best to achieve that.
“I have been training
in Australia this winter but I came to Cadiz a couple of weeks early to get
to know the place. Looking forward to the year ahead, the regatta will be a
good opportunity to see what progress everyone has made over the winter.”
Wetherell, 21, will
be looking to repeat his 2017 success but he too will be challenged by a host
of talented young sailors including British Sailing Team compatriot Hector
The duo will be
hoping the training they have done in Cadiz over the past two winters will
put them in good stead.
“We have a tight
training group so I'm sure you will see some Brits near the top of the leader
board at the end of the week,” said Wetherell, currently ranked eighth on the
Simpson added: “This year’s line-up is especially tough given pretty much
everybody who competes on the world circuit is attending this event, and
everybody is wanting to test where they are at before the World Championships
in Aarhus later this year.”
Racing begins on
Monday 12 March from 1200 local time (1100 GMT). The ten-race series will be
followed by a medal race on Saturday 17 March to crown the 2018 champions.
Follow all the action
from the European Championship on the British Sailing Team’s social media
channels: @britishsailing on Twitter or @BritishSailingTeam on Facebook.
Full results can be
found at http://2018.finneuropeans.org/results/.