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Success for JMST award winners at Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma

Many congratulations to these past JMST award winners Stuart Bithell (award in 2003) and Dylan Fletcher (award in 2005) for their fantastic achievements at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma.  Both sailors beat all their Team GBR rivals in their respective classes.  


Stuart Bithell & Luke Patience won a Bronze Medal in the 470 Mens class.


Dylan Fletcher & Alain Sign achieved a 6th place in the 49er class.


Also Sophie Weguelin (award in 2005) achieved 10th in 470 Womens class and Izzy Hamilton (award in 2009) achieved 17th in RS:X Womens class.


Excerpt from RYA News….


Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell improved their overnight position from fourth to claim bronze, and so nearly a silver, in the 470 men’s event.  The incredibly tight medal race saw the British pair cross the finish line in third, almost level with the French pair Nicolas Charbonnier and Jeremie Mion with the result going in the French pair’s favour, meaning the Skandia Team GBR pair miss out on the silver medal spot by just one point.  

Bithell explained:  “The medal race today was very close – they always are – and it was a particular condition that made it even closer.  It came down to a very, very close finish to the extent where we put a quick protest in at the end.  We thought we might have had the silver medal opportunity but that wasn’t to be.”

Helmsman Patience was over the moon with another podium finish for the pairing after a testing week.

“We’re very pleased to have come away with another medal,” he said. 

“That’s our fifth regatta in a row that we’ve come away with a medal so we’re so happy with that, it’s a different place to where we were a year ago. 

“It was a difficult regatta,” he continued.  “It was high scoring as Princess Sofia often is and at the end of the day what matters is the finishing place when you cross the finish line at the end of the last race – we’re happy to say that was in a medal position for us.”  

Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign finished as the best British boat in the 49er event, in sixth place overall thanks to their fifth from the medal race, with Paul Brotherton-Mark Asquith ending their regatta in eighth, Stevie Morrison-Ben Rhodes ninth and John Pink-Rick Peacock tenth.

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