A breezy day afloat, Matt Sheahan and Steve Ancsell review the day
In a demonstration of just how varied the sailing conditions can be here in Weymouth, today started with south westerly breezes in the teens before building quickly into the 20s for the bulk of the day. The boisterous conditions provided plenty of action across all the races courses from broken gear, including a Star mast, to some high speed capsizes for the crews.
Out on the radio commentary RIB we spent the day watching the Laser and Laser Radial classes where British hopes in the womens’ fleet took a turn for the better with Alison Young and Charlotte Dobson posting some impressive results, while in the mens’ fleet Paul Goodison demonstrated how to stay in the top 10 of his fleet. Sailing in a different fleet to Goodison, it was the Australian Tom Slingsby who showed consistency at the front of racing, even though he was one of those who went for a swim on a breezy downwind leg.
Elsewhere there was plenty to report on as Matt Sheahan and Steve Ancscell report in their Day 2 podcast review.
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