Silver lining for 470 duo after worst result

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have a shot at gold
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have a shot at gold
Yachts taking part in last years Clipper Round the World Race			             	  Picture: onEdition

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Another day on the water off Weymouth, and yet another medal in the bag for the sailors of Team GB.

Yesterday it was the women’s 470 crew of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark who followed their male counterparts in booking at least a silver in their medal race tomorrow.

The duo – who only got together as a team some 18 months ago – will go in to the winner-takes-all finale dead level on points with the New Zealand pairing of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie.

Mills and Clark, pictured above, managed it despite having their worst result of the regatta – an eighth – in the day’s first race.

They then bounced back in the second with a second, while the Kiwis had a nightmare, finishing 18th – a result which they could discard but meant they had to count a 10th from earlier in the week.

‘To be guaranteed silver and have a chance at the gold is just awesome,’ said Clark.

‘It’s been stressful but the team have been great and we’ve had a wicked week.’

Men’s 470 racers Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell go for gold today, although Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are four points ahead, meaning the British pairing have to be a boat clear ahead to take the crown.

A bronze in the medal race in the 49er fleet – the only medal still up for grabs – proved too big an ask for Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, whose fifth place in the finale kept them in the same position overall.

The Poole-based Women’s Match Racing trio of Lucy Macgregor, sister Kate, and Annie Lush came agonisingly close to stealing a place in the semi-finals in their quarter-final tussle with Russia.

They led 2-1 at one point in the best-of-five series but Russia’s downwind speed and tactics proved decisive as they took the last two matches.

However, the GB trio were last night appealing the result of the fourth race – which was given to Russia by a matter of millimetres.