Hayling sailor leads way as Brits rule waves

Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson competing in their Star class keel-boat during the Olympics on Weymouth Bay

Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson competing in their Star class keel-boat during the Olympics on Weymouth Bay

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Britain ruled the waves today with widespread progress towards securing medals in several classes.

Pick of the bunch were Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who took two wins to move up to second place in the 49er class.

The duo hope to ‘bore their way’ to gold after a couple of poor results and a capsize had seen them down in 12th.

‘We didn’t do anything different,’ said Morrison. ‘We’ve been fast all week but we’ve made mistakes. Today we didn’t really make any mistakes.’

Morrison, though, was a long way from being complacent.

‘There’s plenty more spanners out there this week for us to avoid. The reality is we’ve got eight races left and anything could happen.

‘It’s boring but it’s going through what we do.

‘Hopefully we can bore ourselves to a gold medal,’ he added.

Elsewhere, the Men’s 470 team of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell got off to a flying start, leading their class with a 2-1 scoreline, while Hayling Island’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson extended their lead at the top of the Star fleet with the same results.

They lead Brazil stars Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada by nine points.

It was a fantastic day for Hampshire’s Ben Ainslie in the Finn as he clawed his way back by winning the first race and finishing third in the second.

That meant he now sits just three ppints adrift of Danish sailor Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

The Women’s Match Racing trio of Lucy and Kate Macgregor, with Annie Lush, won their single race against Sweden to progress towards the knock-out stage.

Beijing bronze windsurfing medallist Bryony Shaw, however, slipped a place overall to sixth with a 6-8 scoreline at the halfway point of the Women’s RS-X regatta. Men’s windsurfer Nick Dempsey won again, but a 10th place in his first race saw him also slip a place overall to fourth.

The men and women’s Laser classes return to action tomorrow.

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