Finn star Ed Wright and new Nacra 17 pairing John Gimson-Anna Burnet ensured a medal-winning end to 2016, with podium finishes at the Sailing World Cup Final which wrapped up on 11 December in Melbourne.
Wright claimed a silver medal behind home hero Jake Lilley but finished ahead of USA’s Olympic bronze medallist Caleb Paine in the heavyweight dinghy event, while Gimson-Burnet got off to a successful start to their new partnership in the mixed multihull event.
The duo took bronze at the conclusion of the 10-race series held off the St Kilda Sailing Precinct, but there was heartbreak for windsurfer Tom Squires, who started his RS:X medal race in bronze position only to receive an OCS false start penalty and drop to fifth overall following his disqualification.
Lorenzo Chiavarini and Georgina Povall made the medal race cut in their respective Laser and Laser Radial events, both placing eighth overall, while there was double British success in the invited Formula Kite event with Exmouth’s Bridge brothers claiming two steps on the podium. Oliver Bridge took the event victory, with younger brother Guy sealing bronze.
Results from the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final, Melbourne.
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RS:X, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Kiteboarding:
470, Finn and Laser: