THE third of day of the RYA Youth National Championships has seen Jack Cookson jump to the top of the Laser leaderboard on a day of difficult conditions.

Cookson combatted the wind and waves to post another race win followed by two thirds, an outcome which delighted the Dorchester-born sailor.

He said: “It was a pretty good day, won the first race, then a solid 3, 3 in the next two. Unfortunately I couldn’t catch Sam on the last two!”

“It was really fun out there, a little more wind than forecast, not too shifty, big waves, so all in all a really good day,” explained Cookson.

Dan Whiteley slips to second while Sam Whaley made amends for his black-flagged first race, winning the last two races to end the day third.

Another exemplary performance and three bullets from Andy Brown sees him consolidate his RS:X lead. It is a familiar story with Josh Carey in second, while the tussle continues for third as Adam Phipps moves ahead of Isaac Lines.

Emulating the RS:X leader’s day was 15-year-old Moody, taking all three Techno bullets in style. Without a race outside the top two so far in the series, Abingdon’s Moody extends his lead on the fleet from Finn Hawkins and James Bulson, while Weymouth’s Izzy Adcock posted a 5, 4, 2 to regain her position as top girl in fourth overall.