Race Day 4 - Radial Report
Mixed Bag for Ali as Rest Day Looms
Alison Young continues to breathe down the neck of her Laser Radial rivals in the medal positions after a mixed day on day four of the Olympic Sailing Regatta at Weymouth and Portland.
After a delay and two false starts before the first race, Ali enjoyed an awesome opener, scoring her third consecutive second place finish. But an 11th in race two prevented her from making any greater inroads into the leaders’ advantage and she remains in fourth spot overall after six races heading into their rest day.
Young said: “I made a bit if a hash of the second race. It was pretty shifty out there so you just need to stay in place. I got myself in a bit of a bounce around so that was a pretty tough one. It’s difficult when you’re buried in the fleet, the fleet is tight all the way round so you have to find your lanes and keep chipping away. You need to get a solid first beat and then keep looking for the opportunities.
“If you go round the leeward mark in the lead [as I did in the first race] then you should be able to maintain that. I was pretty annoyed with myself. All the races are tough; you just have to get a handle on the conditions and do the best job you can with what you’re getting. Just keep building and keep moving forwards.”
Ali made a superb start in the first race of the day and was constantly among the top handful of boats throughout the whole race as the lead changed hands multiple times. In unstable breeze, Ali looked like she was going to collect her first race victory of the event with just metres to go to the finish. But with Ali losing power in the final chase to the line, Belgium’s Evi Van Acker nipped ahead to claim the win.
Race two was a different story, however. Stuck in the middle of the fleet off the line, Ali rounded mark one in 10th position, a placing she was not able to improve on during the rest of the race. With the Radials having completed six races all boats, have been able to discount their biggest score of the series. Ali has discounted today’s 11th place but carries her 10th place from day one of the regatta.
The Laser Radials are on a rest day tomorrow (Thursday 2 August) with racing scheduled to resume 1.35pm on Friday on the Portland Harbour course.
She added: “It’s been a reasonable start to the regatta and I’m now in a solid place to build from. We were expecting more breeze today but you just have to deal with what you are given. It made it all a lot tighter with the big shifts.
“I didn’t focus on any of the other competitors. I’m here to focus on my own game and let everyone else do what they want to do. There are five or six of us who consider ourselves to have a shot at the medals. Tomorrow I’ll probably give my boat a good wash and just go out and get ready for the rest of the racing.”
The Olympic Sailing Regatta runs from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August. The Laser Radial medal race is scheduled for Monday 6 August (1pm).