Portland ace Young continues clean sheet

ON TOP FORM: Ali Young

ON TOP FORM: Ali Young

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PORTLAND’S Ali Young continued her dominant form at the Princess Sofia World Cup regatta in Palma today, keeping a clean sheet in the Laser Radial fleet after four races.

The 25-year-old comfortably won both of her races on the second day of competition to make it four in a row, and with a new scoring system being trialled at this event, she can boast zero points on her scoresheet.

The talented sailor is buoyed by her form so far, but with the experimental system also creating more emphasis on the latter half of the week’s racing, Young knows there’s plenty of work still to do.

“It’s been a great start to the regatta so far,” she said. “Another two bullets today so I can’t really ask for much more from the start, but the real racing begins on Thursday.

“It is quite nice having ‘nul points’ though – I might try and keep that going a little bit longer!”

Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre held firm at the top of the 470 women’s standings, picking up two second places from their two races – a scoreline also matched by Bryony Shaw in the RS:X women’s windsurfing where she now lies third overall.

Megan Pascoe also capped off her first day of racing at this regatta with a race win to add to two second places to sit in second on the leaderboard behind Norway’s Bjornar Erikstad.

After strong winds prevented any action in the two new Olympic classes on Monday, the Nacra 17 mixed multihull and the 49erFX fleets both took to the water for their taste of Palma World Cup racing.

The Nacra sailors got three races under their belts, with 470 European Champion Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond ending the first day as the top British crew in fourth overall with 3,9,3 for their opening day.

Pippa Wilson, the Beijing Yngling gold medallist now sailing in the Nacra fleet, saw her first day of competitive racing since 2009, and was grinning from ear to ear as she came off the water with new teammate John Gimson.

She said: “It was really good fun. And exactly what it’s all about – properly challenging in every way. It was very fast, with some quick decisions learning to race at that speed. “There are some big mountains to climb but a great first day. I really, really enjoyed it.”

Sailors in the new 49erFX women’s skiff event also got their regatta underway after a day confined to shore in the strong breeze on Monday. Conditions continued to prove testing with the majority of the fleet capsizing at some stage during the course of the four-race day.

Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth were the most consistent of the British Sailing Team crews and are placed seventh overall, while in the men’s 49er fleet, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes ended their first day on a high with a race win in the fourth of their races, atoning for a capsize in the first.

The Exmouth Olympians are third overall, with Dave Evans and Ed Powys level on points with their teammates in fourth, and with development squad duo James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald putting in an impressive display to sit in sixth overall.

Giles Scott remains in second overall in the Finn fleet after four races, although teammate Andrew Mills saw the best scores of the British Finn sailors with two third places seeing him in fourth overall, while Mark Andrews boasted a race win to end his day and now sits in seventh place.

Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield maintained their steady start in their first event together, poised in fifth after four races, while Tom Squires and Nick Thompson are the top-placed British sailors in the RS:X men’s and Laser fleets, in 14th and 18th respectively.

Follow the British Sailing Team’s progress at the Princess Sofia World Cup Regatta at britishsailingteam.com or on Twitter @BritishSailing.

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