PHAR Talent's Giles Scott defended his Finn title on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca on Saturday 5th April, as British sailors claimed a total of five medals on the final day of competition. With this Palma victory, Finn star Scott has remained unbeaten since his full-time return to Olympic campaigning following a stint America’s Cup sailing. But he didn’t have an easy time of things in the final ten-boat race for the heavyweight dinghy class today, picking up two yellow flag penalties for illegally rocking on the downwind legs after an otherwise strong start to the race. Scott got the better of his gold medal rival Thomas Le Breton in a pre-start match race.
For Scott this Palma victory means back to back World Cup golds, having won the previous stage in Miami, in addition to event wins at the Copa Brasil de Vela in Rio in January and at the EUROSAF Champions Cup in La Rochelle in October.
The Portland-based sailor is content with his performance this week, but believes there’s more to come.
“I’m very happy – I can’t complain. I do feel there’s still a lot to work on. I’m pretty happy with where I am on the heavy weather sailing but there are a few little things I need to amend for the lighter stuff I think.
“I’ve sailed very consistently and certainly have had the most consistent series out of anyone in the fleet, which I think is very positive so there’s a lot to build on.”
Photo: ©Richard Langdon