Mills and McIntyre defend World Cup Series final title in Marseille

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Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won the World Cup Series final for the second year running as Elliot Hanson continued his run of success since returning from injury with a bronze.

After a string of silver medals in 2018, Mills and McIntyre went into the regatta in Marseille, France, aiming to replicate their win in the women’s 470 class at the 2017 event, their first outing as a new crew.

They were dominant over the week’s 10 races, only finishing outside of the top three on four occasions and counting fifth as their worst result in the 20-boat fleet.

The win sets the pair up perfectly for the 2018 season highlight, the Sailing World Championships taking place in Aarhus, Denmark, in August.

Fellow Brits Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter finished the regatta in eighth overall.

In the Laser fleet the British Sailing Team had four athletes contesting the medal race – Nick Thompson, Elliot Hanson, Michael Beckett and Lorenzo Chiavarini.

Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Thompson began the race in third after a stellar week marred only by two results outside of the top seven, but a seventh-place medal race finish saw him slip to fourth overall.

It was teammate Hanson, fresh from winning the Medemblik Regatta, his first outing since returning to action after ankle surgery, who capitalised on the medal race to snatch bronze.

In the Laser Radial medal race, Britain’s sole representative Georgina Povall was in second until a mistake saw her relegated to tenth. Povall, 23, from Norfolk, finished ninth overall.

The British Sailing Team’s closing day medal haul added to the bronze won by Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface in the Nacra 17 multihull class, and saw Great Britain awarded the Nations Trophy for best overall performance.

Full results from the regatta can be found here.