Five medals from ten classes at World Cup Series Miami.
A stellar final day at the Miami World Cup saw the British Sailing Team win four more medals including three golds to bring its final tally to five.
Scot Luke Patience and Chris Grube took the top spot in the men’s 470 class, while Alison Young was victorious in the Laser Radial and Rio 2016 gold medallist Giles Scott dominated the action on his return to major competition to win the Finn class on Sunday 28 January.
Two-time world champion and current European champion Nick Thompson rounded off the medal haul with bronze in the Laser fleet. Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell had kicked off the team’s success with a win in the 49er fleet on the penultimate day of racing.
It is a timely boost for the British Sailing Team as it gears up to the biggest test of the year – the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, this summer, the first opportunity for Olympic qualification.
In the men’s 470 Luke Patience and Chris Grube also had a commanding lead and secured victory by finishing second in the medal race.
“We came here looking to measure where we are in the fleet and work out what we need to do to win the world championships,” said Patience, who won a silver at London 2012 alongside Stuart Bithell. “But we’ve sailed out of our skin, gone really fast, raced smart and well, and we’re really happy to have won. We took a year off after the Rio Games so it’s nice to ramp up the energy again. We’re buzzing right now, filled with energy to work hard.”
Scottish members of the British Sailing Team had a good regatta in some breezy conditions off Miami. Lorenzo Chiavarinni was 14th in the Laser Class.
Andy Brown in his first senior World Cup event posted a 37th in the men’s RS:X.
Fynn Sterritt, sailing with James Peters, finished 12th in the 49er Class.
Charlotte Dobson was helming with Saskia Tidey was 15th in the 49er FX, with Flora Stewart crewing in the 470 Women’s Class with Jess Lavery coming 15th.
Anna Burnett was just outside the medals in the foiling Nacra 17 sailing with John Gimson.
The third leg of Sailing's 2018 World Cup Series will be held in Hyères, France, in April.
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