Another mixed day for Team GBR at penultimate day of Paralympics

Both of the Paralympic sailing disciplines were in action yesterday on the waters off Athens as the 2.4mR and Sonar classes competed in their penultimate day of racing.

Again the wind provided a good battle ground for the competitors with a ten knot sea breeze and relatively steady wind conditions.

It was another mixed day for the Team GB Sonar team of John Robertson, Stephen Thomas and Hannah Stodel who scored a tenth place in the first race of the day, which they followed up with a respectable fourth. This result leaves them placed seventh overall going into the final day of racing.

Stodel said: “It has been a really difficult week. We have struggled to get our heads around the conditions here in Athens but we will just have to try and go out on a high on the last day.”

Dror Cohen, Arnon Efrati and Benni Vexler of Israel have managed to hold onto the overall lead going into the final day of racing and currently head up the fleet by four points from Udo Hessels, Marcel Van De Veen and Mischa Rossen from the Netherlands.

In the 2.4mR class, Team GB sailor Allan Smith scored an eighth and a twelfth which maintains his position of eighth place overall just behind the Norwegian sailor Bjornar Erikstad. Damien Seguin of France continues to lead the fleet although racing is tight as Thomas Brown of America is on equal points in second place, so there will be all to play for going into the last race.

Today will see the final day of racing for both the 2.4mR and Sonar classes with one further race scheduled.

Results (day five)


1, Dror Cohen/Arnon Efrati/Benni Vexler, ISR (1,(DSQ),4,1,4,4,3,1) 18 pts

2, Udo Hessels/Marcel Van De Veen/Mischa Rossen, NED ((6),4,5,4,2,3,2,2) 22 pts

3, Jens Kroker/Peter Reighl/Olaf Jacobs, GER ((9),8,2,2,3,1,7,7) 30 pts


7, John Robertson/Stephen Thomas/Hannah Stodel (11,2,9,(OCS),1,10,10,4) 47 pts


1, Damien Seguin, FRA (1,1,4,5,1,(6),3,2) 17 pts

2, Thomas Brown, USA (4,2,1,1,5,(5),1,3) 17 pts

3, Thierry Schmitter, NED (3,3,2,(6),3,4,4,1) 20 pts


8, Allan Smith (9,10,7,7,4,8,(12)) 52 pts