Britain’s sailors collected two Hempel World Cup Series medals as James Peters and Fynn Sterritt defended their 49er title while Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface collected Nacra 17 silver.
On the waters of Enoshima, Japan, home of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing regatta, 49er sailors Peters and Sterritt (pictured above) staged a remarkable turnaround to take gold in the skiff class.
Starting the day in fifth overall, the pair needed a lot of pieces to fall in to place if they were to retain their World Cup Series Enoshima title.
“We really wanted to defend our title from last year,” said Sterritt, 30, from Kingussie, Scotland. “Going into the medal race it didn’t look like we were going to do it, even though it was mathematically possible.
“It takes a lot to pull these kind of things off when there are so many boats involved to stand a chance. The stars aligned and we’ll take it. Unbelievably happy and this is probably one of the best moments of my sailing career so far.”
Stars aligning for the pair included a second-place finish in the medal race and a capsize by the German team of Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf when they were comfortably in control of the race and the gold medal.
“We were going quick upwind and in the waves and all the people that needed to be badly did badly, so we went from fifth overall to first in the medal race which is a sick feeling,” said Peters, 26, from Hayling Island, Hampshire.
“The regatta was cut short quite a bit. We only had seven races so we didn’t have that much of an opportunity to work our way through during the regatta, but got the opportunity today which was sick. We’re super happy.”
Full story and more images – https://britishsailingteam.rya.org.uk/double-medal-delight-for-british-sailors-in-japan/