|Iain and Andrew win Hyeres World Cup Regatta|
Hyeres, 27th April 2012 - Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson geared up for next week's Star Worlds with gold at a windy Hyeres World Cup regatta. The Olympic champions, looking to clinch a second world title in three years, led going into the final medal race and won by one minute 20 seconds.
Percy and Simpson however did have to race to keep hold of their gold medal position, and in some top end wind and wave conditions. The Olympic Champions had gained the medal race lead by the time they reached the first windward mark, and then sailed a conservative race to win by 1m20 while others around them battled with the tough conditions.
Iain did a great job and we managed to get into the lead at the top mark and sailed pretty conservatively from there, let everyone else wipe out a bit, go on their side and fill up with water! We managed to get round without too many issues, so it was great."
Percy and Simpson will race their World Championships at the same venue starting on 5 May, and while they have learned lots about the venue and their equipment, they also admit that their eyes are on Weymouth rather than adding a World Championship title to the one they won in 2010.
"The Worlds is obviously very different to the Olympic format, so we're more focussing on how we're going at Weymouth and focussing there. We probably wouldn't have done the Worlds if we hadn't had the injury to Iain's back in Perth, so we're here to try and make amends for that, and we've learnt a bit this week.
"It could be a completely nice sunny, light winds regatta rather than the breezy regatta we've had here, but it will be great learning and probably a bit of speed testing mainly as part of that event."