World Cup glory for Giles Scott and Ben Saxton as the Huntingdon stars warm up for the Olympic Games in successful style
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Two Huntingdon stars have enjoyed the perfect boost on the eve of the Olympics Games by sampling World Cup glory.
Giles Scott ruled supreme in the Finn Class at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in Dorset while Ben Saxton won the Nacra 17 class alongside partner Nicola Groves.
Scott converted an overnight lead into victory by finishing second in yesterday’s medal race which was worth double points. That left him three points clear of France’s Jonathan Lobert in the final reckoning with Sweden’s Max Salminen third.
And, after securing success in the final major event ahead of the Olympics in seven weeks’ time, Scott is delighted with his form.
He said: “We’ve had a really tough week but it was great to come out on top.
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“The medal race was great - 12 knots, flat water, free pumping and we were all more or less at max heartrate for the entire race.
“It was an incredibly hard-fought week and although everyone was a bit disappointed with the winds we had earlier on in the week, that’s potentially what we could see in Rio so in that regard it’s good preparation.
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“It’s nice to finish a week and not do have done every single race in the same conditions.”
Scott wasn’t the only Huntingdon native to retain his position at the top of the leaderboard as Saxton did likewise in the Nacra 17 category.
The 25 year-old and Groves took fifth spot in their medal race after winning the three previous races during the event.
Saxton said: “We went out with a pretty positive strategy because we knew we had been sailing well for the week.
“We had it all under control until the Germans – all credit to them – put a pretty nice tack on us on the second beat which made it a little harder, but we did enough so we’re really happy.”
The Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland was held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from June 6 to 12. The National Lottery-funded British Sailing Team is proudly supported by official partners Volvo Car UK, Zhik and Peters & May.
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