SHANDON sailor Anna Burnet has become a double world champion after successfully defending her Nacra 17 title with partner John Gimson in Oman over the weekend.

The British pair reclaimed the crown they won in Australia back in early 2020 to round off a stellar couple of years of competitive action.

After winning the world title in 2020 they took Olympic silver at Tokyo 2020 and then barely took a break before going to Greece where they won the European Championship in September.

Gimson, from Cheshire, and Burnet started the final day of the recent World Championships on Sunday in the lead, with Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer (GER) sitting a few points behind and ended up confidently foiling down the last run of the medal race, finishing third, winning the event by nine points.

Asked if they were now going to take a holiday, Burnet replied: “We’re taking an extra two days in Oman, but we’re going to have December off back at home and get back into sailing in the new year.”

Gimson, who has been Olympic campaigning for almost 20 years, added: “There isn’t that much time before Paris 2024.

"There’s been so little racing over the past 18 months, we’re taking every opportunity we’ve got. We love what we do.”