Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won the World Cup Series final for the second year
running on Sunday as Elliot Hanson continued his run of success since returning
from injury with a bronze.
a string of silver medals in 2018, Mills and McIntyre went into the regatta in
Marseille, France, aiming to replicate their win in the women’s 470 class at
the 2017 event, their first outing as a new crew.
were dominant over the week’s ten races, only finishing outside of the top
three on four occasions and counting fifth as their worst result in the
into Sunday’s double points-scoring medal race Mills and McIntyre had a
commanding eight-point lead over closest rivals Silvia Mas Depares and
Patricia Cantero Reina of Spain.
several attempts to get the race underway, the wind proved too light for fair
competition and racing was abandoned, handing Mills and McIntyre victory.
win sets the pair up perfectly for the 2018 season highlight, the Sailing
World Championships taking place in Aarhus, Denmark, in August.
and I only teamed up a year ago and we won the 2017 World Cup Series final in
Santander,” said Mills, 30, from Cardiff.
had a couple of silvers this year but this is actually the first event we’ve
won since then. It’s great and it’s really where we want to be. We’ve got the
World Championships this summer followed by the first Olympic test event in
Enoshima, and those will really be the events we’re aiming to peak for.”
24, from Hayling Island, Hants, added: “It’s a great feeling to be back a
year on and still be in the yellow winners’ bibs. We’ve learned a lot this
year and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season. Two years out from
the next Olympics we’re in a good position.”
Brits Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter finished the regatta in eighth
the Laser fleet the British Sailing Team had four athletes contesting the
medal race – Nick Thompson, Elliot Hanson, Michael Beckett and Lorenzo
2016 Olympian Thompson, 32, from Lymington, Hants, began the race in third after
a stellar week marred only by two results outside of the top seven, but a
seventh-place medal race finish saw him slip to fourth overall.
was teammate Hanson, fresh from winning the Medemblik Regatta, his first outing
since returning to action after ankle surgery, who capitalised on the medal
race to snatch bronze.
24, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, led off the start line and held on right to
the finish, despite having to complete a penalty turn halfway through the
return from injury has gone better than expected,” Hanson said. “There were a
few sceptics after my win in Medemblik, the biggest one being myself, so to
come away from the World Cup Series final with a medal is a great feeling and
I still feel there’s much more to give. I think Marseille will be a great
host for the 2024 Olympics, and I’m looking forward to our next visit
sailor Beckett, who recently won silver at the Laser European Championships, finished
8th overall while Chiavarini, from Argyll in Scotland, came tenth.
the Laser Radial medal race, Britain’s sole representative Georgina Povall was
in second until a mistake saw her relegated to tenth. Povall, 23, from
Norfolk, finished ninth overall.
British Sailing Team’s closing day medal haul adds to the bronze won by Ben
Saxton and Nikki Boniface in the Nacra 17 multihull class yesterday, and saw
Great Britain awarded the Nations Trophy for best overall performance.
results from the regatta can be found here.