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Sailing: Brits remain strong at mid-way point in Miami regatta

January 27, 2011

Britain’s sailors remain in a strong position at the halfway stage of the Miami World Cup regatta, in spite of a disrupted schedule on yesterday.

The start of day three’s racing at the Rolex Miami OCR was delayed while a weather front and the threat of storms passed over, but when racing did get underway Skandia Team GBR’s crews made the best of the shifty conditions.

The British 470 teams continued their good form, with Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes taking the gun with a minute’s lead in the only race for the women’s fleet, with Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark finishing second.

Even the slight mishap of Hughes falling in the water didn’t impede her and Clark’s progress, and they’ve moved up to second place overall after five races.

“On the first reach I had a little bit of a swim!” explained the 21-year-old Hughes.  “Somehow I hadn’t managed to hook on to my trapeze elastic as well as my hook or something, and it ended up snapping.

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“Fortunately I managed to grab it on the way down and only got dragged for a little bit before I managed to scramble back in the boat so we didn’t really lose too much.  We had quite a big lead from picking our way well up the first beat.”

“It was all about trying to find the pressure today, so on the first beat we were looking out for the cloud, figuring out how that was going to affect it,” said Clark of the day’s conditions.

“That gave us a really good lead and then down the first run the same thing, looking for the pressure.

“It was just a case of racing smart and just not doing anything stupid to stay there, so we’re pretty pleased!

Skandia Team  GBR’s windsurfers continue to fare well, with Bryony Shaw in second place overall in the women’s fleet, and Nick Dempsey also in second in the men’s fleet while development squad sailor Elliot Carney also remains inside the top ten.

Lucy Macgregor, Mary Rook and Kate Macgregor won two out of their three gold group bouts in the women’s match racing event, losing a close battle to the French team helmed by Claire Leroy, while in the Laser Radial event Alison Young is the highest British contender in seventh overall.

In the Paralympic classes, World Champions Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell found some pace to win the only race for the SKUD class. They’re third overall, with 2.4mR sailors Megan Pascoe and Helena Lucas remain in eighth and 11th places respectively after no racing was held for the class today.

The Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta – the second leg of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series – runs until Saturday 29 January.   Follow all the action at www.skandiateamgbr.com

Kim Mogg, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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