Ed Wright wins Finn class gold in Palma

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Ed Wright bagged Britain’s only gold on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma, with British sailors picking up a total of five medals from the opening European World Cup regatta..

Wright’s gold in the Finn class hands him back to back wins from the last two legs of the World Cup series, with the final day’s action at this Princess Sofia Trophy also seeing silver go to Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh in the 49er class, with bronze for fellow Skandia Team GBR 49er crew Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, and for Bryony Shaw in the RS:X windsurfer..

Bryony Shaw capped off the British medal haul with a bronze in the RS:X windsurfing event, finishing behind the four-times Olympic medallist Alessandra Sensini and Spain’s Marina Alabau who took gold and silver respectively.

Helena Lucas kick-started the British medal tally on Thursday with a silver in the 2.4mR Paralympic class.

Wright made steady progress throughout the regatta, having only broken into the top three positions for the first time on Thursday, before his medal race surge handed him gold.

Fellow British Finn sailors Giles Scott and Andrew Mills also featured in the final medal race, and finished their regatta in seventh and eighth places respectively.

There was disappointment, however, for Nick Thompson, and Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin, who narrowly missed out on the podium spots, finishing in fourth place in the Laser and women’s match racing events.

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