Sailing: Hannah Mills misses out on medal in Palma

WELSH sailor Hannah Mills and her partner Saskia Clark missed out on a medal at the first European World Cup of the season.

Out of medal contention heading into the day of the girls 470 class, they were hopeful of a solid finish to their regatta.

The world silver medallists crossed the line first in their final, but were deemed to have been over the line early so were unable to improve on their 10th place. Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth ended their event in fifth, with a seventh in the medal race.

In the 49er class, John Pink and Rick Peacock finished as the highest-placed Skandia Team GBR pairing, in fourth overall. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes won the 49er medal race, to boost their standings to seventh, with Cardiff’s Dave Evans and Ed Powys in sixth, while in the Laser Radial class, Weymouth’s Char-lotte Dobson was sixth and Portland’s Alison Young 10th after finishing their medal races in fifth and 10th respectively.


Paul Goodison and the Star duo of Iain Percy and Sherborne’s Andrew Simpson added to the British haul on the final day of the Palma World Cup regatta to keep GBR at the top of the medal table.

The reigning Olympic champions in the Laser and Star classes both clinched silver medals on a breezy medal race day, adding to the gold which Ben Ainslie won with a day to spare, and Helena Lucas’s silver from the last day of 2.4mR racing on Friday.

Goodison claimed the first medal of the day for Skandia Team GBR in the Laser.

Trailing the German Simon Grotelueschen by seven points heading into the final 10-boat race, Goodison had to try and get three boats between himself and the series leader to have a chance of gold but Grotelueschen got ahead of him early on the first beat and managed to hold on for the remainder of the race.

Percy and Simpson missed out on Star class by the narrowest of margins to Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.

Just 12 points separated the top seven boats heading into Satur-day’s finale, leading to a tense battle for the medals and with Percy and Simpson poised just outside of the top three spots going into the day.

The British duo fought hard to finish the medal race in second, but overnight leaders Scheidt and Prada crossed in fourth and did just enough to keep hold of gold by one point.

Elsewhere in Saturday’s medal race action, Andrew Mills sailed an impressive race in the Finn class to win the race, and miss out on bronze by just one point to Canada’s Christopher Cook. Ainslie, already with gold in the bag, crossed the line second behind his team-mate, only to have been one of five boats judged to have been over the startline early.

He finishes his regatta 17 points ahead of the American silver medallist Zach Railey.


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