Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

Four medal haul for Brits at Kiel Week

by British Sailing Team 14 Sep 10:58 BST 5-13 September 2020
John Gimson and Anna Burnet - Kiel Week 2020 © Kieler Woche

The British Sailing Team returned an impressive four medals from the popular Kiel Week sailing regatta taking two silver and two bronze.

As the return to international racing continues for the British sailors, Team GB athletes John Gimson and Anna Burnet took silver in the Nacra 17, Elliot Hanson claimed silver in the ILCA7 with Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey taking 49erFX bronze.

Hanson was joined on the ILCA7 (formerly Laser Standard) podium by team-mate and training partner Michael Beckett who took bronze in Germany.

Current Nacra 17 world champions Gimson and Burnet have been training in mainland Europe but had their first taste of racing since taking that title in February.

"We really enjoyed being back on the racecourse and it's great to finish on the podium," said Burnet, 27, from Rhu, Scotland. "There are a lot of positives from the week for us and it's nice to have more clarity on what we need to improve going forwards.

"The organisers of Kiel Week did a fantastic job to host such a big regatta safely and we are really hopeful that this can set the precedent for future competitions."

For bronze medal winning 49erFX crew Tidey, who also last tasted competition in February at the Worlds in Australia, there was a lot of excitement just to be racing again.

"Back in the game," exclaimed the 27-year-old from Portland, Dorset. "It was a last-minute decision to make the dash to race at Kiel but it was a really good opportunity to check in with some of the top international fleet after three months of sailing at home in the UK."

Helm Dobson, 34, from Rhu, Scotland, said: "It's been a great reminder of how much we love racing and why we get up in the morning and train so hard. After a long time away from the fleet we came into the regatta with no expectations, but with perhaps a bit of apprehension as to whether the rest of the fleet might have made a leap during lockdown.

"We are pleased with third and that our key racing skills were still solid but we know we left a lot of points on the racecourse, so it provides a great line in the sand as to where we are and where our focus should be over the coming months."

The British ILCA7 squad has been strong during the Tokyo cycle and both Hanson, who secured Olympic selection, and Beckett picked up medals.

"It's a big relief to be back international racing and see how things are," said Hanson, 26, from Macclesfield, Cheshire. "Any opportunity to race I'll take with an uncertain program evolving each week. From my personal point of view, I felt fast but rusty in a bigger fleet with more depth to colour in those mistakes. That said it's always nice to medal especially exchanging blows with Micky [Beckett] who I've been training hard with this summer."

Training partner Beckett, 25, from Solva, Pembrokeshire, was pushing for gold until the final day before eventually securing third spot on the podium: "It's so, so good to be back racing. It's been over half a year, result aside it's just so good to be back on an international racecourse. The event was tough, and I kind of ran out of steam on the last day so slipped from first to third overall, but for my first event back, I'm definitely happy with it."

Also in the ILCA7 fleet was Sam Whaley who finished 12th with Dan Whiteley in 23rd.

Female counterparts Daisy Collingridge and Matilda Nicholls came home in 23rd and 29th respectively in the ILCA6 (formerly Laser Radial).

Full results can be found here.

Related Articles

Gimson and Burnet eye Nacra 17 Euro title
World Champions looking to add a European title to their names Nacra 17 world champions John Gimson and Anna Burnet will look to add a European title to their names as they head into battle in Attersee, Austria. Posted on 29 Sep
Brits dominate at Kite Mixed Relay Euros
Connor Bainbridge and Ellie Aldridge follow up their individual Euros success The British Sailing Team's riders continued their run of kite medals taking gold and bronze at the 2020 Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay European Championships in Traunsee, Austria. Posted on 21 Sep
Scott takes silver at Finn European Championships
50 degree shifts in Gdynia, Poland The British Sailing Team's Giles Scott took a silver medal at the Finn European Championships in Gdynia, Poland, as the Olympic classes returned to action. Posted on 7 Sep
Scott embarks on Euro title defence in Gdynia
The reigning Olympic champion stormed to glory at the 2019 event The reigning Olympic champion stormed to glory at the 2019 European championships, seeing off arch-rival Zsombor Berecz to claim his third title. Posted on 1 Sep
Islay Watson scores silver at iQFOiL Europeans
Watson was the only Brit to finish in the top 12 of the qualifying stages. The European Championships was the first dedicated major championships for the iQFOiL since it was announced as the Paris 2024 windsurfing equipment. Posted on 27 Aug
British riders snatch brace on return to action
Ellie Aldridge takes silver at Formula Kite Europeans in Poland British Sailing Team rider Ellie Aldridge took a silver medal from a 'crazy and hectic' final day at the 2020 Formula Kite European Championships in Puck, Poland - as Connor Bainbridge scooped bronze. Posted on 24 Aug
Youth Nationals to move to WPNSA
April event moved from Wales to Weymouth for October The 2020 Youth National Championships will now be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy due to current COVID-19 restrictions in Wales. Posted on 22 Aug
British Team foilers to lead the charge for medals
International competition resumes for the first time in six months The British Sailing Team had been holding large training group sessions before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown with the help of the #kite4gold programme and extended foiling windsurf groups. Posted on 18 Aug
Caffari & Harayda picked for mixed offshore Euros
Set to fly the flag for Great Britain in Genoa, Italy Record-breaking round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Caffari and young gun James Harayda will fly the flag for Great Britain at the EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship, the RYA has announced. Posted on 7 Aug
British Sailing Team reveals Tokyo 2020 posters
Marking one year to go until the Olympic Games sailing competition To mark the one-year countdown to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the British Sailing Team has released a collection of iconic posters celebrating its selected sailors. Posted on 23 Jul