ISAF Sailing World Cup: Giles Scott, Bryony Shaw and the 470 women’s pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre deliver a trio of gold medals for Great Britain


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Giles Scott, Bryony Shaw and the 470 women’s pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre delivered a trio of gold medals for Britain’s Olympic sailing squad on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami.

Weguelin and McIntyre clawed their way back through the medal race fleet to claim their first title since teaming up a year ago, while Giles Scott managed to overhaul a nine-point gap behind Australia’s Oliver Tweddell to seal honours in the Finn class – his third victory in three regattas since his return to the class following America’s Cup duties.

Bronze medals for new pairing of Stevie Morrison andChris Grube in the 49er, Frances Peters and Nicola Groves in the 49erFX, Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond in the Nacra 17 catamaran and Laser sailor Nick Thompson ensured a total of 11 medals overall on the final day in addition four medals from the three Paralympic classes on Friday.

“It’s pretty cool,” said the 19-year-old McIntyre, whose father Mike won Olympic gold in the Star in 1988.

Giles Scott overcame a difficult hurdle in the form of Australian Oliver Tweddell, who sailed an impressive opening series to amass a nine point lead over the British sailor.

But it wasn’t enough, with the 26-year-old Scott’s conservative medal race tactics paying off.

“It was a very difficult race,” Scott explained.  “Oli was a bit more high-risk. I think I rounded in about fourth or fifth and he was eighth or ninth.  We kind of maintained that gap – as I picked up a few he picked up a few.  I managed to dial him down when I was coming downwind.  That held him up another couple of boat lengths, which confirmed it for me, so I was very happy with how it went.”

Scott returned to the Finn in September after a campaign with the Prada-backed, Italian-flagged Luna Rossa America’s Cup team.

British sailing’s athlete of the year for 2013, Bryony Shaw, led the RS:X women’s windsurfing series from start to finish, sealing overall victory by five points after a third place in today’s medal race.

“It’s been really good training,” Shaw enthused of the predominantly light wind conditions.

Stevie Morrison and Chris Grube cemented their new partnership with a bronze medal in the 49er class, James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald also caught the eye with two race wins from the three short ‘theatre style’ races for the class.  They finished sixth overall, with the new team of John Pink and Stuart Bithell in fifth.

Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield were also in final day action in the 470 men’s class, finishing eighth overall with a sixth in the medal race.

“Miami is always a great host city and a good light wind venue to measure the progress of our winter training programmes, so it’s been a great event from that perspective,” said RYA Olympic manager Stephen Park.