Giles Scott and Alison Young clinch gold for GB sailors

Great Britain's sailors shone on the final day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta with a medal haul of two golds, two silvers and four bronze.

Giles Scott landed gold in the Finn, with three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie second after capsizing.

Alison Young secured an impressive victory in the Laser Radial event.

The regatta served as the Weymouth and Portland venue's final dress rehearsal before hosting the Olympic sailing events this summer.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell claimed silver in the men's 470 class, while Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won bronze in the women's event.

Other bronze medals went to Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign in the 49er class, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star and Nick Dempsey in the men's RS:X event.

GB's impressive eight-medal haul came on the back of two golds and a silver secured in the three Paralympic classes on Friday.

Former world and European champion Scott has enjoyed an impressive week at the regatta, winning six races - including Saturday's medal race - to secure gold.

But the 24-year-old insisted he was not interested in making a point after the Olympic selectors chose Ainslie over him to represent Team GB at a fifth successive Games.

"I wasn't really trying to prove anything with that. It is just quite nice to win races," said Scott.

Ainslie, by comparison, endured a difficult regatta but still left with a silver medal.

The 35-year-old struggled with a virus at the start of the event, but recovered to push Scott hard, only to capsize in the final race.

"Sometimes these things happen," Ainslie said. "Thankfully it wasn't the Olympic Games.

"I made a mistake, we're all human. It wasn't my best race but Giles sailed fantastically. He had a great series and I am really pleased for him."

Despite starting her sailing career on Trimpley Reservoir in Worcestershire, Young proved the wisdom of her late pick for Team GB's sailing squad by sealing an impressive victory.

"It is pretty cool to win," said the 25-year-old.

"It is a good confidence boost going forward to the Games and I will be looking to build on a few things between now and then."

Olympic qualifiers Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes missed out in a podium place by coming fourth spot in the 49er.

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