Thursday, August 15, 2013
Exmouth Olympic sailing silver medallist Joe Glanfield insists he couldn’t be happier with his first season with new helm Luke Patience, in spite of the pair missing out on the podium spots at last week’s 470 World Championships in La Rochelle, France.
The 34-year-old Glanfield, a silver medallist in 2004 and 2008, came out of competitive retirement this year to team up with 2012 silver medal-winning Scotsman Patience in a bid for Rio 2016 gold. After a promising first season, which included two world circuit medals and a European Championship silver, the duo finished fifth at the World Championships.
A tough penultimate day’s racing at the six day regatta dented their otherwise promising run at the medal spots at their first Worlds together.
They went into the final eight-boat medal race on Saturday (10 August) – exactly a year to the day since Patience stood on the Olympic podium – 13 points adrift from the bronze medal position.
Although they sailed an impressive final race to cross the line in second, it wasn’t enough to rein in their opposition, with gold going to Australia’s Mat Belcher-Will Ryan, silver to the host’s Pierre Leboucher-Nicolas le Berre, and the Greek duo of Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis taking bronze.
“It was a good race and a nice way to end the event,” Glanfield explained. “We had a lot to do to get a medal, but it was really nice to end on a high. Coming second was good and we sailed a great race in great conditions.”
“There are a lot of things that we can improve on – we were definitely in the hunt for a medal, and even to win, for a long time. We had one disappointing day where we just made a few boat handling errors and a few tactical errors but other than that it’s been a good week.
“It’s been a very, very difficult venue tactically. Everybody’s found it difficult and everybody’s had their races where they’ve been at the back, but we’ve got to be happy, and we’ve got to be happy with the whole season really.”
Glanfield continued: “We’ve done a lot of events this year and every event we’ve done we’ve gone into the medal race in contention for a medal and at the majority events we’ve come away from a medal and that’s in a multitude of conditions, some predominantly strong winds, some predominantly light winds.
“That’s more than I think either of us expected this year – certainly more than I expected to have that consistency at every event.”
The duo will now have a short break before their next event in Santander at the beginning of September, allowing Glanfield to spend some time with his young family, including his new baby daughter who was born just six days before he departed for the World Championship regatta.
“I’m not going away anywhere for the rest of my kids’ summer holidays which will be great.
“It was all a bit of a rush before this event, what with having the baby and then coming to get ready for the Worlds so it will be nice to be able to relax for a few weeks!”