Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom LEADERBOARD

Gimson and Burnet "motivated" after Euros fourth

by British Sailing Team 5 Oct 20:53 BST 28 September - 4 October 2020
British Team at Forward WIP Europeans 2020 © Tobias Stoerkle

Nacra 17 world champions John Gimson and Anna Burnet said they will "push harder" this winter after missing the podium at the European Championships by one point.

The pair, picked to represent Team GB at Tokyo 2020, admitted to being disappointed not to leave Attersee, Austria, with a medal - but said it gave them "great motivation" as they head to Italy to continue their training.

Gimson and Burnet were second overall and top European crew going into the final day, but with six points splitting the top six teams after five days of close racing the podium places were all up for grabs.

Attersee threw all manner of weather at the crews over the regatta, and the final day was no different with a 7am start allowing for two races before the wind died.

Racing then resumed with the afternoon breeze - and with only two results outside the top ten over 12 races it looked like Gimson and Burnet were on for more silverware.

However, arch rivals Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti of Italy pulled off a string of top five results to leapfrog to the top of the leaderboard, followed by France's Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet and fellow Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari.

With one point separating them from the podium, Gimson and Burnet were forced to settle for fourth place - but vowed to learn from the experience as they continue their quest for glory at Tokyo 2020.

"Light, wacky wind is the condition we find hardest as a team, so we were keen to test ourselves at this Europeans," said Gimson, 37, from Congleton in Cheshire.

"Since March we've put a lot of focus on improving our speed in light winds so it was extremely positive to win the light winds day.

"A shame to miss the podium by one point with the top four boats only separated by a few points, but at this stage, going into the winter training period, it's great motivation to push harder. There's a lot of analysis to do in the next few days but we already feel we have good clarity on our goals for the winter training and this Europeans has cemented that."

In the 49erFX fleet, sole British representatives Megan Brickwood and Steph Orton finished a respectable 19th, just eight points off the top ten.

"We feel like we've shown real progress and raced well, getting an average score of 11th in a tricky venue," said Orton, 24, from Chichester, West Sussex. "Although it was slightly disappointed to slip six places in the last two races to finish 19th overall, we finished eight points off of tenth place which just shows how close the racing was. We're super happy to be back racing and loved every minute of it."

Full results:

Related Articles

Brits set for the iQFOiL International Games
Britain's windfoilers will look to assert their dominance Britain's windfoilers will look to assert their dominance in the biggest regatta so far for Olympic sailing's newest discipline when they take on the iQFOiL International Games in Campione, Lake Garda, this week. Posted on 20 Oct
Hanson scoops Laser Euro title
As Beckett has to settle for silver in Poland Team GB's Elliot Hanson dedicated his Laser class European Championship victory to teammates Michael Beckett and Lorenzo Chiavarini - as all three filled the podium in a historic result for Britain. Posted on 14 Oct
Hanson going for gold in Poland
At the Laser European Championships Team GB sailor Elliot Hanson says he will aim to end 2020 on a high with a gold medal at the Laser European Championships. Posted on 7 Oct
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
Four medal haul for Brits at Kiel Week
As the return to international racing continues 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. Posted on 14 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