Nick Thompson wins Laser world title

Image: onEdition

Image: onEdition

British sailing star Nick Thompson admitted he was “over the moon” to have finally sealed World Championship gold, winning with a race to spare as the seven-day regatta drew to a close in Kingston, Canada.

Thompson becomes the first British Laser World Champion since Paul Goodison (2009) to claim the coveted world crown in the highly competitive men’s single-handed class, having won two silvers and two bronze medals from previous editions (2009, 2014 bronze; 2010, 2011 silver).

The 29-year-old Lymington sailor was determined to complete the medal set, and claimed victory in style, counting nine results inside the top seven from the 13 races staged at the site of the 1976 Olympic sailing regatta.

The British Sailing Team’s young Podium Potential talents impressed at the regatta as well, with Lorenzo Chiavarini securing his first top ten finish at a senior Worlds, finishing in tenth, Elliot Hanson rounded off his regatta in 22nd and Alex Mills Barton was 30th.


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