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Sailing: Bryony Shaw makes solid start in Weymouth

August 5, 2011

Bryony Shaw saw a pleasing start to her Weymouth and Portland International Regatta race series. In fifth place overall in the RS:X women’s fleet with an eighth and a third from her opening two races with Spaniard Marina Alabau the one to beat with two race wins to start her series.

Bryony-Shaw-WeymouthShaw, the Beijing bronze medallist, enjoyed racing in Weymouth Bay, outside of the windsurfers’ more usual area of Portland Harbour, adding “some girls were going better than others and I think I got myself stuck in there which is good!”

“The women aren’t racing at all in the harbour this week, and everyone that’s trained and raced here over the years has honed their skills for the harbour so it’s tricky when they start throwing in these changes. I kind of thought we’d have some racing on other courses but not exclude the harbour completely.

“It’s OK that they’ve mixed it up, but it has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons a bit!”

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The third day of racing at this 2012 test event saw a gloomy start beset with rain showers, but by the time racing got underway at midday, the skies had cleared and a moderate south-westerly breeze was in play.

Elsewhere, in the final day of the round robin stage in the women’s match racing, Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor continued their winning momentum, overcoming tough opposition to claim three race wins out of three on Thursday.

They overcame their German, French and American rivals to end the preliminary round in fourth place and set themselves up against the French crew once again, helmed by Clare Leroy, in Saturday’s quarter-finals.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

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