Mixed day for Hampshire’s Olympic sailors

Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson racing in their Star class keel-boat at the London 2012 Olympics on Weymouth Bay
Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson racing in their Star class keel-boat at the London 2012 Olympics on Weymouth Bay
Alex Alley, from Gosport.

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Ben Ainslie finished racing on Monday with his head in his hands after what was a tough day on the water for most of the British Olympic sailing contingent.

The Hampshire ace had started his finn campaign as a firm favourite for a fourth successive gold. But after a pair of seconds on Sunday, he posted a sixth and 12th to drop to third overall. Significantly, he has yet to beat Danish sailor Jonas Hogh-Christensen who leads the class by eight points from France’s Jonathan Lobert.

Denmark were also in charge of the 49er class which began racing yesterday, with Team GBR’s Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 12th place with a 12-12 scoreline.

Defending Olympic champion Paul Goodison was down in 17th place in the 49-strong laser fleet after posting 10-23, and laser radial sailor Ali Young was ninth after finishing 7-10.

On a positive note, Hayling’s Iain Percy and crew Bart Simpson are leading the star class after a solid 3-2 yesterday.