It was job done for Giles Scott as he converted an overnight lead into victory at the Sailing World Cup in Weymouth and he believes a tricky week of racing will stand him in good stead for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Following a week of light winds causing a heavily reduced race schedule, Sunday finally saw stiffer breezes at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy and Scott took full advantage in the Finn class.

The Huntingdon sailor came second in the medal race, worth double points, to finish three points clear of France’s Jonathan Lobert in the final reckoning with Sweden’s Max Salminen third.

The World Cup was the final major competition before the Rio 2016 Olympics – which are now a little over 50 days away – and Scott is pleased with his form heading to Brazil.

“We’ve had a really tough week but today was the conditions in Weymouth that if you asked the foreign sailors, they would expect it to be,” he explained.

“It was a great race – 12 knots, flat water, free pumping and we were all more or less at max heart rate for the entire race.

“It was an incredibly hard-fought week and although everyone was a bit disappointed with the winds we had earlier on in the week that’s potentially what we could see in Rio so in that regard it’s good preparation.

“It’s nice to finish a week and not do every single race in the same conditions.”

Scott wasn’t the man to turn an overnight advantage into World Cup victory as Ashwell’s Ben Saxton won the Nacra 17 class alongside Nicola Groves thanks to a fifth-place finish in the medal race.

And Saxton believes that attacking the final day – despite already sitting atop the standings after winning each of the previous three races – paid dividends for the duo.

“We went out with a pretty positive strategy because we knew we had been sailing well for the week,” said the 25-year-old.

“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.

“We had it all under control until the Germans – all credit to them – put a pretty nice tack on us on the second beat which made it a little harder but we did enough so we’re really happy.”

The Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland was held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 6-12 June. The National Lottery-funded British Sailing Team is proudly supported by official partners Volvo Car UK, Zhik and Peters & May. Follow the team’s latest news and updates at or on Twitter @BritishSailing.