The win, backed
up with a sixth and a 15th in the highly competitive 70-strong Laser
class, moved the 31-year-old from 11th overall to second – one of
five top-three placings for the British Sailing Team going into the third day.
just four points behind fleet leader Tom Burton of Australia with two days of full
fleet racing still remaining.
“We’ve had two
light tricky days so far, but I’ve managed to stay conservative in my approach
and keep the mistakes to a minimum,” said Thompson, the 2016 and 2016 Laser
world champion. “The next few days look to be more entertaining with plenty of
breeze forecast so I’m looking forward to getting back to it.”
racing postponed on the opening day of the regatta due to light winds, the British
contingent – including Rio 2016 gold medallist Giles Scott – were itching to get
scoring underway in better breeze of 10-12 knots.
with trademark strength, finishing a close second to Turkey’s Alican Kaynar in
the first race, and followed it up with a 15th and a 3rd
to finish the day in fourth overall.
Wright dominated race 2, and with a fourth in the opener and a 15th
in race three he goes into the third day of racing in third. It couldn’t be
closer at the top however, with just one point splitting the top four sailors.
“A bit of a
tricky day - we were under the city a little bit so had a tough course,” said
Scott, competing in his first World Cup Series since Rio 2016. “It was really
hard work with the unlimited pumping in the first race then breeze died off a
bit. I had a reasonable start to the regatta and points are close. I’m looking forward
to getting a few more race in.”
49er duo Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell remain in second place overall just
one point behind Croatia’s Fantela brothers thanks to two second-place finishes
from three races.
The pair might
have gone top had they not been disqualified from the third race of the day,
when, eager to get the best start possible, they were caught over the line with
15 seconds still to go.
Foiling Nacra 17
pair John Gimson and Anna Burnet only finished outside of the podium places
once in four races, consolidating their position in second overall.
“We had a solid
day – the conditions were tricky so we’re happy to get three good results,”
Burnet said. “All three medallists from the Rio Olympics are here so it’s
pretty good to be putting ourselves up against those guys.”
In the men’s 470
class Luke Patience and Chris Grube remain in contention in third place overall,
thanks to a score of 8, 3, 28 over the three races.
The breeze is forecast
to increase significantly on Thursday, providing a new challenge for the 47
British Sailing Team athletes competing across all ten Olympic classes as they
head into the remaining two days of full fleet racing.
The top ten in
each fleet will go through to the medal races, held on Saturday 27 January for
the 49er, 49er FX, RS:X and Nacra 17 classes,
and on Sunday 28 January for the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and 470 classes.
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