Strong Start for Marlow-Rigged British Sailing Team in Princess Sofia Trophy
This weekend saw fantastic results for the Marlow-rigged British Sailing Team in the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma Mallorca. This year more than 1,300 athletes took part in the season opener including 73 from the British Sailing Team and British Sailing Squad.
With just over a year until Paris 2024 the British Sailing Team shot out of the blocks, with Sam Sills, Emma Wilson, John Gimson and Anna Burnet, Connor Bainbridge and Ellie Aldridge all joining Beckett on the podium.
In the Nacra 17 fleet Tokyo 2020 silver medallists Gimson and Burnet went into the final race in second with an eight-point gap to leaders Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari of Italy. But a stellar second in the medal race saw them jump into the top spot overall to claim their first regatta win since being crowned world champions in 2021.
“This is such a big year in the run-up to the Olympics so it’s incredible to start it with a win,” said Burnet, from Rhu, Scotland.
“We had a bit on in the medal race to overhaul the Italians but we had a plan and stuck to it. It’s a real boost going into the rest of the season.”
Six medals across the ten Olympic classes saw Britain top the overall medal table for the event. An incredible opening to the season and congratulations to the medal winners and entire team.