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The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta presented 1061 Athletes from 62 Nations and a lot of thrilling sailing.
Gold: Ben Ainslie GBR
Silver: Gilles Scott GBR
Bronze: Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic CRO
Tougher competition than the Olympics was Ben Ainslie's summary of Skandia Sail for Gold 2011. It was medal race day and the tension could be felt throughout the boat park as the elite of each Olympic discipline prepared to be tested. There was so much on the line Ė possible Olympic selection, ISAF World Cup points, the regatta result and of course a hefty dose of pride. Five hours later and spectators had been treated to some stunning racing, topped off when Ainslie clinically dispatched another rival to take gold. Ainslieís win sealed Britainís place as the top nation sailing nation at the 2012 Olympic venue.
Ben Ainslie (GBR) :
"Weíve got huge quality in the Finn fleet here, especially in the British team with Giles (Scott) and Ed Wright in particular sailing very well. Itís been a really tough week physically with strong winds so Iím really pleased to have come out on top. It was hard work, I wonít hide from that fact. It was one of the toughest events I think Iíve ever done physically."
We are proud to notice 7 Wilke Finn masts in the medal race. Congratulations to all winners!