Double joy for Team GB
Great Britain's Star and Sonar crews both claimed gold on a wind-affected final day of action at the French World Cup regatta in Hyeres.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson finished 1 minute 20 seconds ahead of the rest at the end of the medal race in the Star class, while Skandia Team GBR colleagues John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas won the Sonar class.
Only one of the three Paralympic classes left the dock on Friday due to strong winds, which meant Helena Lucas took home silver in the 2.4mR class and the SKUD crew of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell also finished second.
"This World Cup event in France has been an interesting week," RYA Olympic manager Stephen Park said.
"It has been particularly windy for a lot of the competition and that has meant it has been challenging for the race teams.
"From our side, the sailing team, it has actually gone fairly well in terms of results, particularly in our Paralympic classes which we were having a bit of a focus on here.
"We only competed in a few Olympic classes, most of them having competed in the Palma World Cup regatta and now being back in Weymouth training specifically for the Olympic Games, but in the Olympic classes we took part in we did well.
"We won the gold medal in the Star class and that sets Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson up well for the World Championships next week."
While Olympic selection for many of the classes has already been decided, the Hyeres regatta was particularly important for those crews still sailing for a spot at London 2012.
Lucas did her hopes of securing a Paralympic spot no harm with a silver medal, although the regatta proved frustrating for several Skandia Team GBR team-mates.
Alison Young missed out on a podium spot by one point in the Laser Radial event after being involved in an intense tussle with fellow British hopeful Charlotte Dobson in the medal race.
Things were equally frustrating for 49er duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who were denied the chance to improve on their fourth-place standing after racing in their class was called off for the second successive day.
Meanwhile, the weather also curtailed the hopes of already-selected Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor, who finished fourth in the women's match racing event.
The strong winds meant race officials were unable to complete a potentially decisive final round robin match against USA's Sally Barkow, meaning the medals were decided on percentage wins.
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