Three titles for Yngling trio

Ayton, Webb and Wilson have won the Yngling European Championships, completing a clean sweep of major events

Monday April 7th 2008, Author: Lindsey Bell, Location: United Kingdom
British sailors Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson have continued their confident march towards Olympic glory by clinching the Yngling European Championship title in Blanes, Spain, this weekend.

With this latest victory, the Skandia Team GBR trio are now the proud holders of all three major titles – back-to-back World Championship golds, the 2007 Pre-Olympic title and the European crown – heading into the Olympic regatta at Qingdao in four months’ time.

The 23-boat fleet at the Europeans experienced a mixture of both light wind and steady sea breeze conditions during the course of the five-day regatta, which led to some tight racing with six boats all within seven points of each other heading into the ten boat medal race on Saturday (5 April). 

‘Team MIrabaud’ were leading on countback going into the final day, tied on points with the top Dutch boat helmed by Renee Groeneveld, were just two points ahead of Anna Basalkina’s Russian team and three points ahead of long-time American rivals Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi.

In a thrilling finale, the British crew, the USA team and the two leading Dutch teams, contesting their Olympic trials in Blanes, all jostled for position on the final downwind leg.  Barkow’s team crossed the finish line first but Ayton, Webb and Wilson were in hot pursuit, with their second place in the medal race enough to keep them ahead in the points table and earn them the European title to continue their podium-placing form in this Olympic year.

The Yngling trio will next compete at the French Olympic Sailing Week at Hyeres, from 19-25 April.

Results:

Pos Helm/Crew Sail Number R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot
1 Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson GBR 12 1 8 RAF 1 7 3 1 13 1 14 4 53
2 Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Debbie Capozzi USA 337 4 1 4 22 5 12 2 9 4 11 2 54
3 Renee Groeneveld/Annenieke Bes/Merel Witteveen NED 11 13 4 2 4 1 9 17 5 6 5 8 57
4 Mandy Mulder/Brechtje Van der Werf/Floortje Hendriksen NED 1 5 7 1 9 18 5 13 3 3 9 6 61
5 Basalkina Anna/Ukraintseva Vladislava/Maximova Ekaterina RUS 4 16 2 12 12 9 2 5 1 2 6 16 67
6 Ekaterina Skudina/Diana Krutskikh/Natalia Ivanova RUS 8 15 5 5 2 8 15 4 2 14 1 12 68
7 Schuemann, Ulrike/Bleck, Julia/Hoepfner, Ute GER 261 9 6 8 8 4 8 10 6 22 OCS 14 95
8 Le Helley Anne/Lepesant Catherine/Gerecht Julie FRA 7 3 10 18 15 16 13 3 7 15 10 10 102
9 Monica Azon/Graciela Pisonero/Sandra Azon ESP 3 14 3 14 3 6 10 14 8 19 15 18 105
10 Sofia Bekatorou/Sofia Papadopoulou/Virginia Kravarioti GRE 7 11 14 20 10 11 11 7 10 10 8 20 112
11 Krystal Weir/Karyn Gojnich/Angela Farrell AUS 59 22 DSQ 9 5 2 14 6 RAF 11 2 18 113
12 Trine Palludan/Susanne Boidin/Ida Hartvig DEN 195 8 20 OCS 7 17 1 16 18 13 3 12 115
13 Siren Sundby/Lise Birgitte Fredriksen/Alexandra Koefoed NOR 406 10 DNF OCS 19 10 7 20 4 5 12 4 115
14 Le Berre Anne-Claire/Ponsar Alice/Deplanque Marion FRA 9 19 13 3 17 21 19 9 19 8 4 6 117
15 Song Xia Qun/Li Xiao Ni/Yu Yan Li CHN 1 21 11 6 11 15 16 21 15 9 13 2 119
16 Marjon Kooistra/Marye Faber/Marye Kampen NED 111 17 17 11 6 3 6 15 20 16 18 14 123
17 Annelies Thies/Lieske Wierenga/Caroline Heerema NED 350 2 12 10 13 14 18 11 12 20 20 16 128
18 Li Jie/Wang Ru/Gao Yang CHN 3 6 9 16 23 22 21 19 14 7 7 8 129
19 Dominique Provoyeur/Penny Alison/Kim Rew RSA 1 7 19 15 18 23 4 8 21 17 16 24 149
20 Silvia Roca/Eva Gonzalez Moujir/Lara Cacabelos Afonso ESP 8 23 15 19 14 13 22 12 16 18 22 10 161
21 Chiara Calligaris/Francesca Scognamillo/Giulia Pignolo ITA 16 20 16 7 21 19 17 22 11 12 17 22 162
22 Jildau fer Horst/Amy Righolt/Hilke Harns NED 335 12 18 17 20 20 23 18 17 21 19 20 182
23 Lianne Kedde/Margot Eelkman - Rooda/Chantel Hakkel NED 336 18 21 13 16 12 20 23 DSQ 23 21 26 193

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