IT WAS job done for Nicola Groves as she converted an overnight lead into victory at the Sailing World Cup and she believes a tricky week of racing will stand her in great stead for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Groves and partner Ben Saxton took full advantage of stiff breezes at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy on Sunday to finish fifth in the Nacra 17 class medal race - worth double points - to take overall victory last week.

The pair will be making their Olympic debuts at the Rio Games and their performances suggest they will be right in the medal hunt.

The World Cup victory laid down a marker to their rivals but the 27-year-old, right, insists the pair won’t be dwelling on their success for long.

“We went out with a pretty positive strategy because we knew we had been sailing well,” she said.

“We went out and aimed to sail well because the beauty of getting such good results earlier in the week was that if we did that, we would win the regatta.”

She added: “I think we did as much as we possibly can at this regatta in terms of preparation for Rio.

“We said at the beginning of the week how important it was to work on our starts and we did that successfully.

“We’ve got a lot more to work on for sure, but it’s going in the right direction.

“We’re fine-tuning now – we felt ready before this regatta and now we’re really ready. There’s nothing big to work on, just fine-tuning.”

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