Britain’s windsurfers and Laser sailors took the fight to the international circuit this week, with top five finishes in three of the four classes.
Emma Wilson led the way in the women’s RS:X, coming home fourth after an epic 15-race battle against the world’s best at French Olympic Week in Hyeres.
Fellow Brit Bryony Shaw had the better start to the regatta, opening her scorecard with a second in the first race before posting two more top ten results, but a tricky third day saw the Beijing 2008 bronze medallist slip down the leaderboard.
Wilson’s regatta was one of consistency, only finishing outside the top ten once all week. But a fifth in the medal race wasn’t enough to allow her to break into the podium positions, and she finished behind France’s Charlene Picone, and China’s Peina Chen and Yunxiu Lu.
“It was a big week in Hyeres,” said Wilson, 20, from Christchurch, Dorset. “Fourteen races, one medal race, five knots to 30 knots of wind throughout the week and a super-high level fleet. Very happy to end the week in fourth.”
A strong final day for Saskia Sills saw her come home 15th overall, her second best result since moving into senior competition.
Full results can be found here.