12 Apr 2009

Auckland sailor picks up silver in big Spanish regatta

12:09 pm on 12 April 2009

Auckland Laser sailor Mike Bullot, 25, has won a silver medal at the prestigious Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy in Palma, Spain.

The regatta is considered one of the most significant after the Olympics and the World Championships.

Bullot competed in a fleet of 134 boats. He had five top ten finishes and 64 points, placing him just six points behind the GBR victor Nick Thompson, and five points ahead of the third placegetter Stipanovic Tonci of Croatia.

Racing concluded on Friday night New Zealand time with an intense battle in the Medal Race staging the best top ten sailors in each class against each other, for double points. After a slow start Bullot, who placed fifth in the 2008 Laser World Championships, and second in the Sail Melbourne Regatta last December, fought hard and ultimately placed third in this race, and secured the silver medal.

In final standings Bullot's teammate Josh Junior finished in eleventh, and Andy Maloney 23rd.

Sara Winther finished up 13th in the Laser Radial class, and Justine Sellars placed 18th in the women's RS:X boardsailing division that Barbara Kendall won at this event in 2007.