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Clark delighted to rediscover that winning feeling
10:31am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
IT’S taken a while, but Olympic silver medal duo Hannah Mills and West Mersea’s Saskia Clark are back on their feet – and winning major international sailing events again.
The pairing, who were on the podium in the 470 class at the London Games cranked their new campaign up a gear at a major international regatta in northern Spain last week.
Mills admitted it had taken the talented helmsman and trapezing crew, Clark, longer than they wanted to get back into the groove.
But but they appear to have got there after victory at the Santander City Trophy.
Mills and Clark, competing at only their second regatta since winning 470 silver at 2012 Olympics, made it a good day for British competotors.
Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield securing the men’s 470 crown.
Mills and Clark won their ten-boat double points medal race to seal the women’s title.
Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre finished just behind in second in that medal race for third overall at the regatta which was also the test event for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships at the same venue.
Clark admitted she and her crew were delighted at finally rediscovering their form.
“It’s always nice to win an event, especially an international one,” said Mills, who placed 12th with Clark at last month’s World Championships in La Rochelle. “To be honest, Sas and I are just finding our rhythm again really.
“It’s taking a bit longer than we’d had hoped it would take.
“But definitely over the last part of this week we’ve really felt like we’ve made steps forward again in getting back towards where we were last summer.
“It’s been a really positive event for us regardless of the outcome. “We’ve got a good couple of months now to actually get some training in and really establish our equipment for next year and where we want to go with that.
“But we will also get our teamwork back up to where it was last summer. “We’re definitely on a good route for that now and we just need to keep it going over the winter.”
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