Big winds whipping across Dublin Bay forced the postponement of racing at the 470 European championship yesterday (17 July)

With racing postponed at the 470 European Championship yesterday due to the gale force winds whipping across Dublin Bay, RYA/Team GBR sailors Joe Glanfield and Nick Rogers and Graham Vials and Dan Newman are now hoping that the full programme of six remaining races can still be compressed into the final two days of racing to give themselves the best chance of progressing back up the leaderboard.

“They seem reasonably confident that the winds will subside enough by Wednesday afternoon to give us racing then, and that they can still sail a full programme before close of play on Thursday afternoon.” Reported RYA/Team GBR’s 470 coach Adam Bowers. With Rogers and Glanfield lying in 10th place overall and Vials and Newman in 12th both pairs would be glad to have the opportunity to gain a second discard which would allow them to throw out their respective weighty 20th places.

While the men would dearly like a full programme, in the Women’s championship Josie Gibson and Saskia Clarke need more races to enable them to climb into the top 10 from their current 11th place. As Olympic Development Squad members they are currently funded on the World Class Potential package which is supported by SportEngland but a top 10 at the Europeans would allow them access to the World Class Performance scale of funding which is UK Sport’s Lottery funding. Significantly this means as well as support for their regatta and sailing programme, subsistence costs, on a sliding scale, would be available to them.