British windsurfer Tom Squires left the sunshine of Cadiz,
Spain, with gold in the Men’s RS:X at the Andalusian Olympic Week regatta.
In a fleet of over 60 riders that included 2016 world
champion Piotr Myszka (POL) and last year’s winner Ivan Pastor (ESP), Squires
took the title with consistent racing which produced only top ten finishes on
his scorecard, the only sailor to do so.
Finishing five points ahead of Poland’s Pawel Tarnowski in
silver and 11 in front of Denmark’s Sebastian Fleischer in bronze, Squires win
marks the end of a strong training camp for the British windsurfers in Cadiz.
Despite picking up only his second international win,
Squires remains grounded. “It's humbling to have raced 66 men all on one start line
and rise to the top of this experienced fleet,” he said.
Even with a regatta win under his belt it’s the improvements
made on the water from working with British Sailing Team coach Dom Tidey that Squires
“Last year I finished around 40th at this same regatta and wouldn't
have made the gains without the collaboration with Dom,” he said. “We still
have a daunting way to go but it's good to see the processes pay off along the
Training partner and compatriot Kieran Martin Holmes joined
Squires in the top ten while Andy Brown was the second placed U21 competitor
finishing 21st overall.
Meanwhile Emma Wilson, the reigning youth world champion in the RS:X, finished just off the podium in fourth with team mate Saskia Sills 16th.
Wilson claimed a bullet to start the regatta and remained high up in the standings but ultimately lost a podium spot in a very strong line-up that included eventual winner Blanca Manchon (ESP) and Rio 2016 bronze medallist Stefania Elfutina (RUS).
Rio 2016 gold medallist Hannah Mills finished ninth in the 470 with crew Eilidh McIntyre, with Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter coming home in 12th.
In a largely Spanish line-up, the British double-handers took the opportunity to sharpen some race starts and skills ahead of a busy European summer season.
The British Sailing Team will now head to Palma de
Mallorca for the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia on 30 March – 7 April, another chance to go head-to-head with the world's best following their success at the World Cup Series Miami in January.