London Olympics 2012- Star - Brawl unfolds in Weymouth
by ISAF on 1 Aug 2012
London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition, Weymouth - Star class.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) Star © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) traded blows in the Star today with both crews winning a race and finishing second in the other.
With the discard coming into play the Brits have a four point lead at the top of the leader board over the Brazilians having put their 11th in Race 1 behind them to sail consistently. With a narrow advantage the Brits remain wary, 'We would like to extend the gap. Four points is just two places in the medal race when the points are doubled. There are so any good people in the fleet. All we can do is paddle to the end. We are definitely here to defend our title but it is going to be a fight to the end.'
The Stars have time to regroup tomorrow with a lay day on the cards but it's no time for rest for wicked as Simpson added, 'As we don't sail tomorrow we'll do everything we can to get ready for the next day, like checking our equipment over. Thursday and Friday are important days.'
Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) have pulled themselves into medal contention with a string of solid results to put them in third place on 17 points, seven behind the leaders. In the chasing pack, closest to them is Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) and Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) both tied on 29 points.
The Stars enjoy a lay day tomorrow before racing resumes on 2 August at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.
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