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Saxton & Lewis Reign as UK Endeavour Champions

14th October 2019
Ben Saxton (right) and Toby Lewis collect the Endeavour Trophy for the fifth time in a row Ben Saxton (right) and Toby Lewis collect the Endeavour Trophy for the fifth time in a row Photo: Roger Mant

Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis fought back in today's breezy conditions to secure the overall win of the Investec-sponsored Endeavour Trophy, for the sixth time and a record fifth time in a row at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.

In total contrast to the opening day's flat conditions yesterday, the breeze was full-on today making it one of the most exciting final days seen in recent years with the results going right down to the wire.

After a relatively mediocre set of results from yesterday that included a couple of sixth places, Saxton and Lewis were on top form once again today and demonstrated their superiority on the Endeavour Trophy racecourse with an impressive 2,1,1 scoreline, which was just enough to snatch the title by just two points from James Peters/Maddy Anderson (RS200).

With an overnight lead of just one point, Luke Patience - Tokyo 2020 Team GBR sailor and Olympic silver medallist - and Mary Henderson, knew they had a lot on today. The breezy conditions didn't seem to affect them dramatically, given their weight disadvantage against some of the heavier teams, until the final race of the day. Up to this point they still led the series from Saxton/Lewis but a capsize in the strong building winds dashed their winning chances.

Nick Craig and Emma Clarke who are no strangers to the top end of the Endeavour fleet suffered a mediocre day yesterday were back on form today but couldn't quite match the speed of the leaders and had to settle for three third places and fifth place overall.

Overall Results (7 races, 1 discard)
1. Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis (2018 Champion) 17 points
2. James Peters and Maddy Anderson (RS200) 19
3. Luke Patience and Mary Henderson (Olympian) 21
4. Sam and Ben Whaley (Laser) 25
5. Nick Craig and Emma Clarke (B14) 28
6. Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (Merlin Rocket) 29

Full results are here

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