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SAILING WITH VIDEO: Dempsey and Shaw enjoy perfect day
6:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014 in Sport
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy welcomed similar conditions to that of day one as some of the world’s best Olympic and Paralympic sailors enjoyed another full day of racing at the Olympic sailing venue.
Racing kicked off, as scheduled, at 10.30am for the Finn, Nacra 17, 470, 2.4mR and Sonar who completed the scheduled three races, while the RS:X, 49ers and 49erFX had the afternoon slot with a south westerly 10-15 knots allowing the full complement of races to take place.
Tom Squires jumped into second place in the RS:X behind Dempsey with a 2-4-2 for yesterday’s efforts while Kieran Martin slipped into third in the 9.5m rig.
Spanish windsurfer Blanca Manchon sits in second behind Shaw in the 8.5m rig while British Sailing Team Podium Squad sailor Izzy Hamilton currently sits third after six races.
Sitting on six points they are seven clear of Andy Cassell, Tom Abbey and Chris Olden as they look to upgrade their Delta Lloyd silver on Weymouth and Port-land home waters.
Helena Lucas continued to display excellent consistency in the 2.4mR fleet as the Paralympic champion cemented her position at the top of the leaderboard with a 1-2-2.
LUKE Patience, from Portland, and Elliott Willis continued their march towards their second consecutive EUROSAF Champions Cup medal, with an unblemished scorecard of seven race wins.
Patience said: “With the tricky conditions yesterday all we really did was attack the start hard and really tried to make the first gain and then from there things kind of flowed and we were sailing with a bit of flair – so, all in all, a great day with three race wins.”
ISAF World Cup silver medallists Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre remain in second after adding a 3-2-2 to their scorecard while Anna Burnett and Flora Stewart have moved up from fifth to third with a 2-4-3.
PORTLAND-BASED Giles Scott is on track to maintain his unbeaten run since returning to full-time Olympic classes sailing in September, and holds a five- point lead over Mark Andrews who took first place in yesterday’s second race of the day.
* Racing is scheduled to start at 10.30am today with a 15-25 knot forecast.
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