G4S sponsored Skandia team GBR win in Perth
The competition will determine the World Champion in each of the ten Olympic sailing classes.
The Team GB has topped the medal table at the last two consecutive World Championships, which is the primary event to qualify for the summer Olympics. The team will be looking to retain their title ahead of their home Games next summer and they are off to a flying start despite some unpredictable weather conditions.
British Finn sailor Giles Scott was crowned World Champion after a nail-biting final race, in which Skandia Team GBR teammate Ed Wright came away with the bronze medal in the class. Finn class rival Ben Ainslie, who was one of the first sailors to be announced as part of Team GB for London 2012, had been disqualified from the regatta earlier in the week, but he turned out to watch his teammates in the medal race and was first to congratulate them.
Skandia 470 team Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell also came away with an early medal, winning a silver in the class after they led the medal race from start to finish.
G4S 49er duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have sadly withdrawn from the competition due to a back injury sustained by Ben Rhodes, but they will be back on the water this spring to fight for their place to represent Team GB at London 2012.
Helmsman Stevie Morrison said of their decision, “It’s a setback for sure, but setbacks only make you stronger and in terms of our qualification for the Olympics. We know how competitive we are within the fleet and we’re still the only British 49er crew to have won a medal in Weymouth. That’s what counts in the big picture of 2012.”
G4S 4teen’s Guatemalan sailor Juan Maegli will also be competing in the Laser class in Perth.