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Sailing: GBR retain top spots on day two of Weymouth World Cup

June 6, 2012
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Yesterday, day two at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta was a challenging one with non-stop rain, shifts in wind and very poor visibility across the race courses in Weymouth and Portland.

The 470 World Champions Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (pictured) once again shrugged off competition from their closest rivals to extend their lead at the top of the leaderboard.

The duo sit four points ahead of second place Lecointre-Geron (FRA) after 7-3.

“It was a tricky day out there today, quite patchy with some big gains and losses going on with us not really knowing why,” said Clark.

“We didn’t have a great start in either race, both very safe starts but had good speed throughout which was essential in pulling back up through the fleet.

“We found it a little hard to find our downwind mode which normally comes quite easily and we normally really enjoy that in these wavy conditions but that wasn’t working great for us today so it was a definite scrap!”

Having won the 470 World Championships in Barcelona only a few weeks ago, Mills and Clark are certainly not fazed by the weather in Weymouth, “It’s certainly different to Barcelona where we won the Worlds – the weather is just so miserable here this week!

“It’s great racing though, good to have some strong breeze and its always useful to race in a variety of conditions.

“We’re still pretty calm and want to do as well as we can – yes the podium is in sight but the key for us at this regatta is to pick out the learning points for our next training block before the big one in August!”

Being in the 470 together for 17 months, Clark confirms the strength of the relationship between her and her helm Hannah Mills saying,

“She’s an absolute legend. I think our progression over the last few months is because we have dissected all of our communication from last season and have started putting it back together and it’s now really starting to work and come together which is key in the 470.”

Ali Young, who will represent Team GB in Laser Radial in August, added two consistent scores to her card today elevating herself from 14th to sixth overall with a 2-5. Whilst Charlotte Dobson remains in 13th after 11,9.

Young said afterwards, “I had a fairly solid day, I could have done a little better as there were a few little silly mistakes in there but I’ll take the lessons I learned from today into the rest of the week.

“I think I’m continually improving, there’s 50-plus days to go to the Olympic Games so it’s just key for me to keep learning the lessons, to keep improving and to get at result at the Games in August.

“It was a great confidence boost being selected but I’m here this week so aim to get on with the job and to keep moving forwards.”

Meanwhile on the RS:X racecourse, Bryony Shaw suffered kit failure due to a snapped mast extension in race one.

The Olympic bronze medallist however went on to score a fifth in her only race of the day, leading British men’s windsurfer Nick Dempsey has improved from third to second with 1,7 from his two races, while Elliot Carney is 12th.

In the Paralympic fleets, Skandia Team GBR’s Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell are leading the charge in the SKUD class following three impressive bullets.

John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas bounced back from a disappointing first day with 3,1,5 to move them up to fifth overall in the Sonar, while in the 2.4mR event, Helena Lucas is third and Megan Pascoe fourth.

More info: www.rya.org.uk/skandiateamgbr/ or follow them on Twitter (@skandiateamgbr).

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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