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Sailing: Bryony Shaw takes the lead on another light day in Hyeres

April 27, 2010

Olympic windsurfing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw saw the best British performance on another testing day of racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Monday (26 April).

Bryony_shaw-anchorLight wind conditions continued to dominate the southern French venue, with speeds typically 4-5 knots across the courses, but Shaw managed to pick up a race win and a second to top the leaderboard in the women’s RS:X fleet after day two at this fourth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

Shaw, 26, was involved in a tough battle with Spanish training partner Marina Alabau around the race track.  The Spaniard crossed the finish line ahead of the Skandia Team GBR sailor in both races, but was disqualified from the second race for having crossed the startline early which handed the victory and the yellow leaders’ jersey to Shaw.

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“It was good to get racing today,” Shaw explained.  “The wind was so fickle we had a number of general recalls and there was a lot of waiting around, but we did get in a couple of fair races, even if they were a hellish pump-off in such light winds!

“I had some good battles with Marina, I was right on her the whole time and we were fronting up the fleet.

“It was hard work today, both physical and tactical, but it’s great to be up there.”

RS:X men’s World Champion Nick Dempsey also saw a solid start to his regatta, with two third places from his two races seeing him in third overall, while Olympic World and European Champion Paul Goodison picked up a third in the only race of the day for the Laser class to sit him in fourth place overall after two races.

Women’s match racers Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin completed their opening round robin matches on Monday, losing just one match to the French team helmed by Anne Claire Le Berre to finish second in their group and advance to the gold group round robin starting on Tuesday.

Ed Wright picked up a fourth in the Finn event to get his regatta underway, while Helena Lucas is in equal first place in the 2.4mR Paralympic event, with Megan Pascoe in third.

There were also promising signs from Charlotte Dobson in the Laser Radial fleet, who picked up a race win in her second race of the day to sit in sixth overall.

Elsewhere, Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark started their regatta with 13th in the 470 women’s event.

Racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week is set to resume on Tuesday 27 April, with the final medal races scheduled for Friday 30 April.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
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