Weymouth's Nick Dempsey has become the first man ever to win two Windsurfing World Championship titles. There were celebrations too for Bryony Shaw also claiming silver in the women’s fleet, her first ever podium finish at an RS:X World Championship
Nick Dempsey's coach Barrie Edgington has praised the windsurfer's achievement after his second World Championships title win.
It’s been a challenging week, but Nick held it together and has been really impressive. Considering the build up we have had, he’s had one of the best week’s sailing in the 17 years that I have been working with him, and it bodes really well. It just goes to show that age and experience still count for so much in sailing – that experience has definitely helped Nick make the right decisions this week.”
Olympic silver medal-winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey has entered the history books by becoming the first man to win two RS:X Windsurfing World Championship titles.
Bryony Shaw also claiming silver in the women’s fleet – her first ever podium finish at an RS:X World Championship, on 6th March 2013.
Nick Dempsey, who lives in Weymouth, won convincingly at the Brazilian venue of Buzios, going into the final medal race nine points clear of the 2012 Olympic Champion, Holland's Dorian Van Rijsselberge.
After the Olympics, I didn’t know if I wanted to carry on. I didn’t know if I still had it in me. But windsurfing is what I love. This trip has been great preparation for Rio and I think it’s going to suit me there. It’s going be slightly lighter in Rio than here, but I’m one of the smaller guys in the fleet so hopefully that will work in my favour. I didn’t really have any idea of how I was going to perform. With just a seven-week build up you can’t really expect too much, but I have trained really hard in that time and it’s been a long time away from home. "