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Sailing: Light wind start to Palma World Cup

April 3, 2012

Light wind conditions gave rise to a delayed start on day one of the Palma World Cup regatta, but up and coming 470 women’s duo Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth, and 2.4mR sailor Helena Lucas took an early lead in their respective fleets, when racing finally got underway yesterday.

Weguelin, 23, and Ainsworth, 22, who earned their first World Cup podium place at the Miami stage in January, continued their form on the opening day of this Princess Sofia Trophy, posting a third and a second from their two races in the women’s double-handed event.

“It was a great start to our regatta, and I think our best day’s sailing at a World Cup regatta, which is fantastic and shows that the training we’ve been doing over the last few months is paying off,” enthused Ainsworth.

“But it is only day one and there’s five more to do but hopefully we can carry on!”

“It was pretty busy on the racecourse today,” explained the 23 year old helm Weguelin.  “We started as the boys rounded the leeward gate which made it a bit manic.  It was very congested upwind and we ended up racing some of the boys at some point!”

The duo are training partners to the 2012 selected team of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, who currently sit in twenthieth after the first day.

Meanwhile, Helena Lucas took the advantage on the first day in the 2.4mR Paralympic class with a race win and a second.  The Beijing Paralympian, who described her opening race of the regatta, in which she led from start to finish, as ‘pretty cool’, admits she was made to work hard to claw back to second in race two.

“It looked like I was getting a good start but then things went a bit pear-shaped so I had to make up a bit on the first beat,” she said.

“I had good speed so I pulled through to about fourth or fifth by the windward mark and then had a good run to pull up to second by the bottom mark so just hung in there until the finish.”

“It’s been a good start but there are still eight races to go so it will be a case of just taking each race one at a time and keeping things simple. If in doubt – go fast!” Lucas concluded.

Elsewhere, Skandia Team GBR’s Megan Pascoe picked up a 3,9 to sit in sixth overall after the first day.

And the women’s match racing trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor eventually completed two of their Group B round robin matches late in the day, posting victories against Finland’s Silja Lehtinen and USA’s Genny Tulloch.

Racing at the Palma World Cup regatta continues through until Saturday 7 April.

More info: www.skandiateamgbr.com or follow the team on Twitter: @skandiateamgbr

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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