Nick Dempsey moved into silver medal position in the RS:X Men’s windsurfing on Saturday, scoring a second and a third to finish the day tied on points with Toni Wilhelm of Germany on 24 points. Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberge has a comfortable 15 point lead after eight races with two races and the double points’ medal race still to come.
Dempsey: “I’m joint second at the moment and you don’t win the regatta in the first few days so you’re just doing everything you can at the moment. I’m still staying in it and I’m sailing well. It’s good to be up there but the gold medal is getting further and further away so I need a very special day Sunday or we will be racing for seconds.”
Birthday boy Luke Patience insisted the 470 Men’s contest was not “a two horse race” despite the British and Australian boats eking out a big advantage. They have opened an 18 point buffer over third placed New Zealanders Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders. A third and fourth put Saturday the GBR pair in second overall with 12 points after six races. The Australian triple World Champion pair, and pre-event favourites, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, have eight points. The men's 470 have a lay day Sunday.
Patience said: “We’re pleased, it’s out first Games and it’s always a nerve racking thing. We’ve been wearing the coloured bibs so far for the first three days so we will take that. The Aussies are good at getting on a roll and we’re good at that too. They have had a string of three bullets in a row but their catchable. As I have said every day it’s not a two horse race. Currently we’re doing a good job right now and we would take that going into the medal race but there are plenty of races left.”
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the women's 470 overcame gear failure to sit in second after four races.After an opening fourth today the Brits came out in determined fashion in race two, carving out a commanding lead in the early stages of the race. But Mills and Clark suddenly started to slow down on the first downwind leg with Clark spending several minutes trying to fix a shackle that had come undone on the manisheet block. They eventually carried on with it still loose and managed to finish in a creditable sixth place finish in that race.
They are now two points behind Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie of New Zealand in first with Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout of the Netherlands in third, four points covering the three boats.
Saskia explained: “We had a bit of gear failure, which we are really disappointed about. It’s something which we check every day but the shackle on the mainsheet came undone so halfway down the first run we wasted a lot of time with me trying to fix it with Hannah flying the kite. We couldn’t get it fixed so we had to sail the second half of the race with Hannah operating the boom and the mainsheet.
The British Match Race Girls admitted it was a “massive relief” after booking a quarter-final showdown against Russia at the Olympic Sailing Regatta next Tuesday (7 August). The Poole trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor progressed through to the knockout phase of the London 2012 Women’s Match Racing event despite slipping to defeat against their final round robin opponents, Netherlands and USA, at Weymouth and Portland Saturday.
The Brits, who are seeded seventh, will now face the second seed Russian team of Ekaterina Skudina, Elena Syuzeva and Elena Oblova, who defeated the Brits in the round robin on Wednesday. But the girls insist that with a couple of rest days now, they will regroup and start a fresh in the quarter-finals.
Bryony Shaw still has her sights on a top five finish. With two races of the RS:X women’s event to come – plus the final double points medal race – Shaw lies in seventh place overall, 16 points from a podium position with two races plus the double points medal race to follow.
In the Laser Radial Alison Young admits she is looking forward to her first Olympic medal race on Monday (6 August). Ali sits fifth overall, 18 points off bronze medal position, and contests the final double points’ race bidding to guarantee the highest finish possible at her first ever Olympic regatta.
Paul Goodison insisted he wants do himself “proud in the medal race” after his dreams of making it on to the London 2012 podium were ended today. He scored a ninth and eighth in what were the Laser’s final two series races, leaving him sixth overall but an insurmountable 27 points from bronze medal position heading into Monday’s final double points’ medal race.
5 August 2012 9:46