Second attempt


 
Fresh from her second place at the Worlds, we speak to team GBR's top women's 470 sailor Christina Bassadone
When the 470 World Championships came to a close this weekend in San Francisco, Britain’s top female pairing Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark ended up an impressive, but close second place on equal points with the overall winners Marcelien de Koning and Lobke Berkhout. TheDailySail spoke to a very jet lagged Bassadone about her result and the future of this promising partnership. Bassadone attended the Athens Olympics with now ex-crew Katherine Hopson achieving a respectable seventh place. Since the Olympics the pairing have gone their separate ways and Bassadone is now sailing with Saskia Clark. “I actually wanted to sail with Saskia for a long time,” explains Bassadone “but she was teamed up with Josie (Gibson) so I just assumed that she was not available. Katherine (Hopson) did not want to carry on after the Olympics because she really wanted to do physiotherapy which she is now doing at university in Middlesboro. I knew that I definitely wanted to do another campaign so I gave Saskia a call pretty much as soon as I got back from Athens and we just got the ball rolling from there.” When asked about her results at the World Championship Bassadone seems happy, but she is obviously a little disappointed that they were not first when the points were so close. “In the last race we just did not cover the Dutch girls enough. Had we done that we could have won the event. It is frustrating to be so close and not win, but we are really happy with our result.” The conditions in San Francisco are notoriously windy, and Bassadone and Clark made every effort to prepare for this by spending lots of time in the gym trying to build as much strength and gain as much weight as possible. In the lead up to

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