As Olympic 2012 officials reluctantly pack up here in Weymouth we look at last week’s results from the Paralympic Sailing.
An amazing result for Helena Lucas making history by winning Britain’s first Paralympic sailing medal, and its first ever gold. Helena was also the only woman in the 2.4 metre keelboat class and in gold medal position leading into the final race, but the lack of wind on the final day meant no Sailing was possible, meaning the gold was secure for GB.
Due to the lack of wind and races cancelled a silver medal was denied for Alex Rickham and Niki Birrella in their Skud 18, but they were delighted with their bronze.
The Paralympic British Sailing Team would have won more medals in the Sonar class, however the competitors John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas received a 4 point penalty as their bosun simply wiped a keel while the boat was out of the water, when the measurer told them not to. Due to this penalty the Sonar team were moved from Bronze position to fifth place.
The success of our Paralympic British Sailors winning the Gold and Bronze was seen as a triumph as the GB team hadn’t won a medal since the Paralympic Games started in 2000.