Double delight for British Sailing in Florida

Shrewd Dylan Fletcher claimed ‘age and wisdom’ helped him secure World Cup silver alongside Stuart Bithell in Miami.  

British Sailing celebrated a double in Florida as 2017 world champions Fletcher and Bithell struck 49er class silver while Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey bagged 49er FX bronze. 

30-year-old Fletcher and Bithell, 32, had to draw on all of their experience when ruled as one of five boats to begin the race in front of the start line. 

The British pair were the only ones to turn back and restart the race, a pragmatic move that paid off in the first Olympic classes race of 2019.  

“It was a difficult situation for us with the German team coming after us,” said the Thames Ditton racer. 

“We had a game plan – unfortunately we were over the line but age and wisdom has taught us to go back. 

“After that the results were set and we had to settle for silver. It’s a great start to the 2019 season leaving us hungry for gold as we progress to the European regattas.”

The pair surged to a sixth in the medal race, amounting a tally of ten points, which proved enough to claim second in the overall standings behind German’s Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel.

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