Please select your home edition
Edition
Noble Marine 2012 #2

Trio of medals for British Team at World Cup Series Enoshima

by British Sailing Team Media 16 Sep 13:04 BST 11-16 September 2018
Giles Scott © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

British Finn sailors Giles Scott and Ed Wright scooped silver and bronze medals on the Olympic waters of Enoshima on Sunday as Elliot Hanson was crowned Laser class champion.

Rio 2016 gold medallist Scott and European champion Wright started the final day of World Cup Series Enoshima in second and third, just a handful of points behind overnight leader Nicholas Heiner.

But a lack of wind in Enoshima, the venue for the Tokyo 2020 sailing competition, meant the medal race could not go ahead – and the Brits were denied the shot at glory.

Regardless, it was a solid return to the Olympic circuit for Scott, who has not raced his Finn since April.

For Wright a bronze caps a strong season that saw him crowned European champion in March, and narrowly miss out on a medal at the world championships last month.

The scores took Britain's medal haul to two golds – courtesy of Hanson and 49er pair James Peters and Fynn Sterritt – plus Scott's silver and Wright's bronze.

"To come here and race against the top guys and come away with a silver medal is great," said Scott, 31, from Huntingdon, Cambs.

"The reason I was so keen to come out was to see what the Olympic venue has to offer, and it seemingly has an awful lot to offer. I've been away from the Finn a little while now, and it's probably about time to start ramping it up again."

Wright, 40, from Bournemouth, added: "This result rounds off the year nicely but I was really disappointed not to win the world championships as I was so close. Next year I'm going to come back even stronger."

The Laser fleet was first to launch, and officials did manage to get a race in – but with an enormous 43-point overnight lead the result was immaterial to Britain's Elliot Hanson.

Hanson finished sixth on the water but it didn't make any difference to the standings. The victory is Hanson's fourth medal since returning from injury in May.

Fellow Brit Michael Beckett finished fourth, two points behind New Zealand's bronze medallist Sam Meech, while Lorenzo Chiavarini was eighth.

"It's amazing to win on Olympic waters – there's a real history of those who can perform in venue in the years running up to the Games going on to have great success," said Hanson, 24, from Macclesfield.

"That's a great confidence boost going into the next two years. As a British squad we're so strong and it's going to be tough just to qualify for the Games. This result certainly isn't the be all and end all but it's a great boost."

The Finn class was not the only one to suffer a windless fate – the women's and men's 470 medal race contenders were still in the boat park when they were told they would not be racing today.

It meant Olympic champion Hannah Mills and crew Eilidh McIntyre were powerless to improve on their fifth place.

"It was a really tough week – we really weren't firing on all cylinders, but it's been great to be here," said Cardiff's Mills.

"It's my first time in Japan and at the Olympic venue so it's been great to get a feel for the place so we can learn and prepare for Tokyo 2020.

"It's frustrating not to have a medal race – we clawed our way into a position where we could attack and at least try for a medal, and to be denied that chance is really disappointing."

McIntyre, from Hayling Island, added: "It's not the result we came for but we will learn and come back stronger next time we're here."

For the majority of the British Sailing Team, WCS Enoshima was the last international event of the season, although some will stay in Japan for Enoshima Olympic Week from September 21 to 24.

Follow all the action on the British Sailing Team's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and post your messages to the team using the hashtag #rulethewaves. The medal races will be streamed live at britishsailingteam.com. Full results from the regatta can be found HERE.

Related Articles

British Sailing Team set at Para Sailing Worlds
Fully focused on the task in Sheboygan Six sailors will be flying the Great Britain flag when racing at the Para Sailing World Championships gets underway at Sail Sheboygan, USA on Tuesday (18 September). Posted on 18 Sep
British Team at World Cup Series Enoshima day 5
Peters and Sterritt seal victory as Hanson wraps it up early James Peters and Fynn Sterritt rounded off a rollercoaster year with victory in the 49er class at World Cup Series Enoshima while Elliot Hanson cleaned up in the Laser class with a day to spare. Posted on 15 Sep
British Team at World Cup Series Enoshima day 4
Brits poised to strike as World Cup Series Enoshima ramps up Britain's elite sailors will get a shot at bringing home medals in four classes on Saturday as the first major regatta to be held at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing venue reaches its peak. Posted on 14 Sep
British Team at World Cup Series Enoshima day 3
Laser quest! Brits fill podium as Tokyo 2020 venue turns tricky Britain's Laser sailors sent a clear message to their rivals on Thursday as they filled the podium places in the only race of World Cup Series Enoshima day three. Posted on 13 Sep
British Team at World Cup Series Enoshima day 2
Brits top in four classes as Tokyo test continues Nineteen-year-old windsurfer Emma Wilson jumped into the bronze medal position at the halfway stage of the RS:X competition on the back of a trio of top ten results including a race win. Posted on 12 Sep
British Team at World Cup Series Enoshima day 1
GBR 49er sailors shoot out of the blocks on the opening day The men's high performance skiff class kicked off six days of action across the ten Olympic classes – and Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell made their intentions clear by streaking to victory in the regatta's very first race. Posted on 11 Sep
British sailors descend on Tokyo 2020 venue
Rio 2016 gold medallist Giles Scott will make his return to the Olympic circuit Scott will be among a 38-strong British Sailing Team contingent to take on the world's best when racing begins on the waters that will host the next Olympic Games on Tuesday Posted on 10 Sep
Young windsurfers picked for Youth Olympics squad
Islay Watson and Finn Hawkins have been named in Team GB The pair will be among 42 British athletes aged between 14 and 18 who will compete in 17 sports over 12 days of action. They will both race in the Techno 293 Plus windsurfing class having impressed selectors with a string of top results this season. Posted on 6 Sep
Female athletes sought for kiteboarding programme
The team has joined forces with the British Kitesports Association World Sailing, the global governing body for sailing, confirmed at its mid-year meeting that there would be a mixed kite event put forward to the International Olympic Committee for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympics. Posted on 5 Sep
Euro bronze is payback for windsurfer Wilson
Emma Wilson converted world championships heartbreak into a European bronze The 19-year-old from Christchurch, Dorset, bounced back from a fourth-place finish at the recent Sailing World Championships to scoop a podium spot at the 2018 RS:X European Championships in Gdansk, Poland. Posted on 28 Aug