Britain’s elite sailors rocketed up the rankings on
day three of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta as they excelled in the blustery
conditions blowing through the Bay of Palma.
Rio 2016 gold medallist Giles Scott took control of
the Finn class with another display of consistency to go into the fourth day of
racing with a significant 20-point buffer on second-placed Tapio Nirkko of
A win in the final 49er race of the day was enough
for reigning world champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell to keep the top
spot safe, while in the Laser Radial fleet Alison Young shot to third overall
with her first race victory of the regatta.
An impressive heavy weather performance from three-time
RS:X youth world champion Emma Wilson saw her post her first race win then
follow it up with a second-place finish.
The 18-year-old’s efforts were rewarded as she
jumped up the leaderboard into eighth with two more days of fleet racing still
“Today was a really good day for me, I am really
happy,” said Wilson, from Christchurch, Dorset.
“I was quite relaxed and just
went out to enjoy it and try to keep it simple. I had good speed so that helped
“Normally I like the lighter breeze but we have
been out here for three weeks now and have had some pretty windy days so I
think I’ve improved a lot in it.
“There’s a long way to go still so I’m just going
to keep giving my best and enjoying it.”
In the women’s 470 fleet, Hannah Mills and Eilidh
McIntyre’s 2, 3 moved them into the runner-up spot behind France’s Camille
Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz.
“It’s been a really tough week so far but it’s been
good – we’ve had a real mix of conditions and we’ve learned a lot each day,”
said Cardiff’s Mills, who has a silver medal from London 2012 and a gold from
“We didn’t get our approach right on the first day
and made a few mistakes but since then we’ve been a lot more proactive on our
mindset, our priorities, our approach. So far so good, but there’s still two
more days of fleet racing to go.”
McIntyre, from Hayling Island, added: “Our results
today look good on paper but we feel like we could have done better. That’s a
nice place to be though, with plenty more learning to do.”
Mills and McIntyre are in good company at the top
of the 470 fleet – the British Sailing Team’s Amy Seabright/Anna Carpenter and
Jess Lavery/Flora Stewart end the day in fifth and seventh respectively.
Meanwhile in the Laser Standard fleet, rising star
Michael Beckett lies in seventh overall with Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Thompson in
“My legs are really feeling it after today!” an
exhausted Beckett, of Solva, Pembrokeshire, said.
“There were some big waves
rolling around the bay and plenty of breeze too. So far in this event I've just
about managed to stay consistent which is keeping me in the top ten, and I'm
happy with that for now.
“The next two days are going to be tricky racing
with plenty to lose or gain, so hopefully I can avoid any big scores to stay up
Competition resumes with the penultimate day of
fleet racing tomorrow at 1100 local time (0900 GMT).
Full results are available on the
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