April 2011

Annabel Vose & Megan Brickwood (GBR)

This one was a close call with fellow Brit 420 sailor Joanna Freeman, who finished ninth overall and easily the top woman in the open fleet at this year’s 420 world championship in Argentina. But a win’s a win and the new women’s world champions did a terrific job of coming back after losing their rig during the series – finishing that particular race ‘reefed’. Could be plenty of fast mixed 470s in 2016…
 Why they won
It was terrific to see so many readers get behind Thailand’s first Optimist world champion – but the wall of support for the young English sailors won through. ‘I’ve known Megan since she was just an egg and she was already sailing then!’ – Mandy Suggitt; ‘Fantastic result, hanging in after losing a mast’ – Steve Parmiter; ‘Splendid effort, true grit!!!’ – Phil Archer; ‘Kept pushing until their (French) rival blew it all in the final race… perfect!’ – Steve Carter.