Britain’s elite Marlow-rigged sailors scooped the European gold and silver medals in both the 49er and Nacra 17 classes over the weekend in a flurry of success on home waters of Weymouth and Portland.
Saxton and Boniface sealed victory with a thrilling win in the double-points finale at the Volvo 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championship held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Fletcher, 31, from Thames Ditton, Surrey, who represented Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said:
Bithell, 32, from Rochdale, who won a silver medal in the 470 at London 2012 with Luke Patience, added:
Silver medals fell to British Nacra 17 pair John Gimson and Anna Burnet and 49er crew James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (all rigged by Marlow) as Britain exerted its dominance on the international Olympic circuit.
Not only was the regatta one of the largest in the 2019 calendar, it was also one of the most significant with numerous nations counting it towards selection for Tokyo 2020.
Congratulations to all!