Hampshire's Ian Budgen won the sixth round of the BT RYA National Match Racing Championship at Queen Mary Reservoir, Middlesex yesterday. He will be joined in the finals at Falmouth in October by Joe Llewellyn (Hampshire) and Neil McGregor (Scotland).
Britain's sailors brought home two European championships yesterday - one from Austria, one from Germany. In Travemunde, Cordelia Eglin became the first ever European Women's Match Racing champion. The 30-year-old architect from London won without losing a match as Marie Klok from Denmark was second and Klaartje Zuiderbaan, from the Netherlands, third. The Olympic single-hander, Shirley Roberston, was fifth. In Austria, the Olympic silver medallist, Ben Ainslie, continued his winning ways in the Laser and remains Britain's best gold medal prospect for the Sydney Olympics. The 22-year- old took the European Laser Championship for the second time in three years.