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ICLA 6 World Championship sailing: Lymington duo shine as Hannah Snellgrove scores top-10 finish with Matilda Nicholls close behind





LYMINGTON’S Hannah Snellgrove says there’s “room for improvement” after an impressive top-10 finish at the ILCA 6 World Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Snellgrove was part of a four-boat British squad, which included Matilda Nicholls, who, along with Snellgrove, sailed at Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Snellgrove finished 10th out of 101 athletes from across the globe, improving on her 11th place at the 2023 world championships.

Lymington's Hannah Snellgrove at the 2024 ILCA 6 Women's World Championship in Plata, Argentina (Photo: Matias Capizzano/ILCA)
Lymington's Hannah Snellgrove at the 2024 ILCA 6 Women's World Championship in Plata, Argentina (Photo: Matias Capizzano/ILCA)

The 33-year-old said she was happy with the result, the second world top 10 finish of her career, but was “excited” by the prospect of improving further.

The six-day regatta saw stormy weather play havoc with the racing schedule, resulting in some long, challenging days on the water.

“It’s been a big old week in Argentina,” said Snellgrove. “It’s been a really challenging week, both mentally and physically.

“There were a few missed opportunities from the week, which I’m sad about, but a week ago I would have jumped at the chance to make the top 10, as I was pretty poorly after the long-haul flight and didn’t have the ideal build-up.

“It’s my second ever top 10 at a world championship, so I can’t not be happy with that, but it’s also exciting that I felt there were plenty of points left out on the racecourse and, therefore, room for improvement.”

Nicholls also sailed a notable regatta and went into the final day of fleet racing in seventh. However, a testing set of races saw her end the week in 16th overall.

Former Royal Lymington Yacht Club sailor Matilda Nicholls (Photo: Matias Capizzano/ILCA)
Former Royal Lymington Yacht Club sailor Matilda Nicholls (Photo: Matias Capizzano/ILCA)

“It was a week of many emotions,” said 22-year-old Nicholls.

“I’m super stoked to have been battling out in the top 10 for most of the week. Going into the final day in seventh was such a cool feeling.

“I’m just so gutted with how it all played out on the last day of fleet racing, but I’m also really proud of myself for bouncing back and winning the final race of the week.

“It’s exciting to see how my sailing is progressing, and with such a competitive fleet, I’ve just got to keep at it.”

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club duo were joined on the team by Daisy Collingridge and Molly Sacker, a member of the British Sailing Squad, the British Sailing Team’s development arm.

The British Sailing Team’s attention now turns to the ILCA 7 World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, starting 26th January.



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