19 December 2011
Charles Russell sponsored athlete Helena Lucas sailed into win a gold medal at the recent 2011 2.4mR pre-Worlds. The event was staged by the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and the United States 2.4mR Class Association. Lucas finished ahead of Canada’s Paul Tingley and Bruce Millar, who tied for second place.
Nineteen sailors from eight countries recently arrived at Charlotte Harbor a month ahead of the January 7-15th World Championships which will be held at the same venue. From December 8-10th all nineteen boats competed against each other in the 2.4mR pre-Worlds, with action spread out across four races each day.
After the first day of racing Lucas trailed first place by 6 points. In the last race of the day she added a 7th place finish to her 2-1 start. There was a considerable margin of around 30 points between 3rd and 4th place which meant the rest of the regatta was a Charlotte Harbor showdown among Millar, Tingley and Great Britain’s Helena Lucas. After some really close racing and battles downwind, Helena went into the last race determined to sail her own race. It paid off, with Helena moving into the lead.
Helena Lucas, Paralympic sailor, commented; “It’s great to have won the pre-Worlds, and gives me the confidence going into the Worlds in January. I would like to thank Charles Russell LLP for supporting me for this event and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them towards another podium finish in January.”
Charles Russell, Sports Law Specialists, teamed up with Helena back in 2008 to make a highly successful partnership in the run up to the Beijing Games. Since then they have made a strong team and have been able to assist Helena with support needed to ensure she maintains her competitive edge. The Sports Group has an in depth knowledge of the sporting world acting for sponsors, professional sports clubs, governing bodies and associations as well as sports stars and broadcasters. Charles Russell and Helena are now both looking forward to working together on her 2.4 Metre Campaign for London 2012.
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