Wearsider John Robertson claims saling gold

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WEARSIDER John Robertson helped Great Britain claim their first gold medal of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth yesterday.

Hannah Stodel, Steve Thomas and Sunderland sailor Robertson secured the top podium position in the three-person Paralympic Sonar class, despite the worst day of their regatta, to beat the world champions from Holland.

Victory was made more important with next month’s World Championships also set to be held in Weymouth – which will stage next year’s Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

“To do well here puts us on a good footing for the Worlds, and it’s proved that all that training beforehand has really, really paid off and we’ll be looking forward to the Worlds now,” Stodel said.

Britain are well placed to add to their medal haul on the final day of competition today, when at least five medals are guaranteed.

Ben Ainslie’s battle with Giles Scott in the Gold Finn class looms as the most intriguing, with the triple Olympic champion holding a 16-point lead over his younger rival.