Sara Winther gets Bronze at the 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold

In a tense Radial medal race at the the 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth, Sara Winther claimed bronze and got NZ on the podium. Sara was 2nd overall with 7 points seperating the top 5 going into the double points medal race. No place for the faint hearted. She was 5th at the first top mark but eased through on the tail of the series leader Marit Bouwmeester (NED) in the 6 to 8 knot breeze. However positions continued to change and Sara did well to hold off Sarah Steyaert for a 5th in the medal race and 3rd overall. Brilliant. Bouwmeester (NED) won gold and Sari Multala (FIN) silver.

3 News Video Interview with Sara Winther and Andrew Murdoch.

Both other NZ women were also in the gold fleet, Rachel Basevi finishing 32nd, which she must be pleased with, and Miranda Powrie 34th - in her second major regatta back in the class.

In the mens Laser medal race Andrew Murdoch and Mike Bullot were making a strong finish. Goodson (GBR) and Slingsby (AUS) were the top two on points and match racde the final at the back of the fleet. This left the medal race wide open. Andrew Murdoch was 3rd at the first top mark, moved to the front during the run, then slipped behind Wright (CAN) by the bottom mark, to be followed by Alsogary (ARG) then Mike Bullot.

Mike Bullot eventually finished 4th in the final for 7th overall. And Andrew finished 8th for a 4th overall after Mike Leigh (CAN) kept close enough in the mdeal race to secure Bronze.

Other standout NZ performance in the gold fleet were Josh Junior 14th, Sam Meech 16th, Andy Maloney 23rd and James Sandall 27th. They highlight the depth we have in the NZ squad.

In the bronze fleet George Lane 8th and Spencer Loxton 34th were getting a taste of Laser sailing at the elite level.