Bronze for Britain at ISAF Team Racing World Championship in New York

After a week of fast and furious conditions in New York, including winds gusting up to 31 knots, Steve Tylecote’s GBR1 team secured bronze at the ISAF Team Racing World Championships (24 September-1 October).

The event saw 16 teams from 10 nations take to the water at Newport, Rhode Island, with 1995 Team Racing World Champion Tylecote adding a further bronze to his existing clutch of medals from the 1995 (gold), 2003 (silver) and 2001 (bronze) events. He and teammates Toby Lewis, David Ellis, Damian Boreham, Rob Sherington and Melanie Sherington beat Stuart Hudson’s GBR2 into fourth place on the final day of competition.

At the quarter-final stage, GBR1 out-sailed their Vanguard 15s against the Italian contingent with three straight wins to line up against defending champions USA1 in the semi-final, while GBR2 beat IRL1 by a similar margin to book their semi-final slot against USA2 and pitch two of the strongest nations in team racing against each other.

The American’s intense preparation for the regatta showed through, with both USA boats cleaning up against their British opponents in the semis. USA1 went on to successfully defend their world title, while GBR1 prevailed in the bronze sail-off, giving Tylecote his fourth world team racing podium finish.

Team coach Alan Guy was delighted with the event and the British performances during the regatta, commenting: “The New York Yacht Club did a magnificent job – the venue was perfect and the atmosphere superb the whole week. The British teams were great throughout the event, and although they both lost 3-0 to the Americans in the semi-finals, all the races were extremely close and could have gone either way.”

Overall Results

1. United States of America 1

2. United States of America 2

3. Great Britain 1

4. Great Britain 2

5. Ireland 2

6. Ireland 1

7. Italy

8. New Zealand 1

9. US Virgin Islands

10. Australia 1

11. New Zealand 2

12. Japan 1

13. Australia 2

14. Czech Republic

15. Japan 2

16. Canada