RHU sailor Luke Patience claimed a race win and finished sixth overall at the J/80 Championships in Southampton last week.

Olympic silver medallist Patience had been as high as second overall after his first-placed finish in the seventh race of the championship.

After the final race, 470 Olympic silver medal winner admitted he was pleased with how he dealt with a difficult course on the final day.

He said: “It would have been very easy to have a shocker today.

“Chris (Grube) did a great job reading the shifts, especially in the penultimate race, but that was a far from an easy race course today.

"When the wind is coming off the land like that, it can shift both ways. Personally, I tried to concentrate more on driving the boat and that has also paid off.”

Spaniard Rayco Tabares put in an irresistible performance over the course of the week to secure victory.

He recorded an impressive five first place finishes and five second place finishes in the 14 competition races. It was Tabares’ fourth J/80 world title and third in as many years.

He said: “It has been amazing. This is the fourth J/80 World Title for us, and we are really, really happy.”