Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships
21 Sep 14
Four more world champions were crowned at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as racing wrapped up in the Spanish City on a day blessed with glorious sunshine.
|Date of Birth||24 April 1975|
|Place of Birth||Redhill, Surrey, England|
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With three Paralympic 2.4mR gold medallists in the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition 2.4mR fleet Helena Lucas entered the event as an outside favourite.
Although she had taken the 2011-2012 2.4mR ISAF Sailing World Cup title, a regatta victory in the one-person keelboat had always evaded her following a string of silver and bronze medals since she stepped into the boat in 2003.
As the week unfolded in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain, Lucas injected a bit of girl power into the open 2.4mR fleet. As the only female sailor in the pack she made light work of her male counterparts with consistent sailing in a variety of wind speeds on her home waters.
She started the regatta as she meant to go on, by winning races, as her first bullet, a narrow split second victory ahead of Thierry Schmitter (NED), came on the opening day. Three consecutive race wins followed at the midway point of the event giving the Brit a healthy advantage on the final straight.
Despite a shaky penultimate day the writing was on the wall and Lucas etched her name in British Paralympic sailing history to become the nation's first gold medallist.
Gold medal - 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - August 2012
1st 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup
2 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - June 2012
3 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - May 2012
2 - Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile, Hyeres, FRA - April 2012
2 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - March 2012
5 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - January 2012
4 - IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships, Florida, USA - January 2012