Mills and McIntyre set for Marseille ahead of Sailing World Championships
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre shocked the sailing world with World Cup Series victory 12 months ago – now they're back to try and do it all again.
The pair stood atop the 470 class podium in Santander last year in what was their first competition as a team, a success that has far from proven to be a flash in the pan.
Now, the latest test of their development comes in Marseille this week as they look to defend their crown, with this regatta also representing their last dose of Sailing World Championship preparation.
But even with silver medals at the World Championships, Princess Sofia Trophy and the most recent round of the World Cup Series in France in their recent collection, Mills knows she and McIntyre must keep striving for the cutting edge ahead of next month's trip to Aarhus." "The 2017 World Cup Series Final was our first event together and we won it," said the double Olympic medallist.
"We target every regatta for a win but we have had a few second places lately. That's ok, but we now need to start laying down some dominance in the fleet.
"It's a short trip for us – fly in, race and fly back out – but it's a great competition ahead of the Worlds, our main goal."
Mills and McIntyre will be part of a 17-strong British fleet which includes Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface, racing for the first time together in their bid for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.
Meanwhile European silver medallist Michael Beckett will take to the start line, as will Medemblik Regatta victor Elliot Hanson and Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Thompson.
Beckett's European honours came in a regatta Mills and McIntyre decided to miss, instead dedicating more time to training – a choice the pair know will only be validated by results on the water.
McIntyre said: "Having missed the Europeans it will be nice to get back on the water for competition.
"We have put in a lot of time and hard graft in the gym and on the water down in Weymouth so it will be cool to go out and try and test some things in our build-up to the Worlds in Aarhus."