Megan Pascoe: ‘It took me over a decade to get my hands on the world trophy’

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Megan Pascoe won the gold medal during the 2.4 Metre sailing World Championships last year. She will compete at the Delta Lloyd Regatta for the 8th time. ‘The queen of the Regatta  returns to Medemblik’   This will be the eighth time you compete at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. What is special for you about this event? The IJsselmeer is very shifty which I like, it reminds me of growing up on the small ponds. Delta Lloyd Regatta is a well-run event with great race committee and an interesting bit of water to sail on. What does it feels like…

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“You never get bored winning world championships”

By | 2.4M, All news, Para World Sailing Championships

Heiko Kroger (GER) started the day with a seven point lead in the 30 boat 2.4 Norlin OD fleet. He capitalised on that by winning the first race of the day. Damien Seguin (FRA) slipped up slightly with an eighth place, but both Matt Bugg (AUS) and Helena Lucas (GBR) were right behind the German sailor, setting up a final race showdown. Kroger needed to finish 11th or better to secure the title. At one point he looked in trouble but recovered to finish 11th to take the title his ninth 2.4 world title and eighth para world title. Seguin…

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Road to Rio: Helena Lucas going for second gold medal

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With around 100 days to the start of the Paralympics, the 2012 Gold Medalist in the 2.4 Norlin OD class, Helena Lucas (GBR) is optimistic about her chances of repeating in Rio. She was selected for the British Team last May. “I’ve had a whole year to focus on preparations for Rio and I’ve been out there four or times times to get used to the conditions and the tide. So far, it’s looking pretty good.” Rio will be her third Paralympics after placing seventh in Qingdao in 2008. On her chances in Rio, “Keep fingers crossed and hopefully manage…

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Dee has conquered cancer, but can he conquer the 2.4MR?

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Many professional sailors in the big boat scene – the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race – learned their trade in the Olympic classes. But it’s not often you see the pro sailors come back later in their careers to compete on the Olympic scene, certainly not when they’re 62 years old. But American pro Dee Smith has done exactly that. He’s competing this week in the 2.4mR Paralympic singlehanded keelboat. No one would have been more surprised than Smith himself if you had told him eight years ago that this is what he’d be doing in 2015. It…

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World No. 1 starts at the bottom again

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Megan Pascoe is the ISAF-ranked World No.1 sailor in the 2.4mR singlehanded keelboat. So why is the British Paralympic sailor to be found competing in a SKUD doublehander with helmsman Will Street at Delta Lloyd Regatta? Unfortunately for Pascoe, it’s because she was beaten to Paralympic selection for Rio 2016 by her rival Helena Lucas, who won 2.4mR gold at London 2012. “Officially the British trials ended after Hyeres, and unfortunately it wasn’t me who got selected,” shrugs the 28-year-old. “I was surprised when the selectors made the decision. Palma was such a close regatta. I had the gold medal…

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Round up day 1

By | 2.4M, 470 Men/Women, 49er, 49erFX, Laser, Laser Radial, News, RS-X Men, RS-X Women, Skud, Sonar

Video: It was a strong-wind opening day for the 700 boats competing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Holland. Poland’s world-class windsurfing squad has always enjoyed the strong breeze, and Pawel Tarnoski leads the RSX men’s windsurfer division after a perfect day of three race victories. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka leads the RSX women’s division with scores of 2,1,2. In the women’s skiff, the 49er FX, Dutch team Annemieke Bekkering and Annette Duetz blasted around the course with incredible consistency, racking up 3,3,3 to lead the regatta, although the Aussie team in 2nd place, Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks, also sit…

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