Britainï¿½s elite sailors rocketed up the rankings on
day three of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta as they excelled in the blustery
conditions blowing through the Bay of Palma.
Rio 2016 gold medallist Giles Scott took control of
the Finn class with another display of consistency to go into the fourth day of
racing with a significant 20-point buffer on second-placed Tapio Nirkko of
A win in the final 49er race of the day was enough
for reigning world champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell to keep the top
spot safe, while in the Laser Radial fleet Alison Young shot to third overall
with her first race victory of the regatta.
An impressive heavy weather performance from three-time
RS:X youth world champion Emma Wilson saw her post her first race win then
follow it up with a second-place finish.
The 18-year-oldï¿½s efforts were rewarded as she
jumped up the leaderboard into eighth with two more days of fleet racing still
ï¿½Today was a really good day for me, I am really
happy,ï¿½ said Wilson, from Christchurch, Dorset.
ï¿½I was quite relaxed and just
went out to enjoy it and try to keep it simple. I had good speed so that helped
ï¿½Normally I like the lighter breeze but we have
been out here for three weeks now and have had some pretty windy days so I
think Iï¿½ve improved a lot in it.
ï¿½Thereï¿½s a long way to go still so Iï¿½m just going
to keep giving my best and enjoying it.ï¿½
In the womenï¿½s 470 fleet, Hannah Mills and Eilidh
McIntyreï¿½s 2, 3 moved them into the runner-up spot behind Franceï¿½s Camille
Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz.
ï¿½Itï¿½s been a really tough week so far but itï¿½s been
good ï¿½ weï¿½ve had a real mix of conditions and weï¿½ve learned a lot each day,ï¿½
said Cardiffï¿½s Mills, who has a silver medal from London 2012 and a gold from
ï¿½We didnï¿½t get our approach right on the first day
and made a few mistakes but since then weï¿½ve been a lot more proactive on our
mindset, our priorities, our approach. So far so good, but thereï¿½s still two
more days of fleet racing to go.ï¿½
McIntyre, from Hayling Island, added: ï¿½Our results
today look good on paper but we feel like we could have done better. Thatï¿½s a
nice place to be though, with plenty more learning to do.ï¿½
Mills and McIntyre are in good company at the top
of the 470 fleet ï¿½ the British Sailing Teamï¿½s Amy Seabright/Anna Carpenter and
Jess Lavery/Flora Stewart end the day in fifth and seventh respectively.
Meanwhile in the Laser Standard fleet, rising star
Michael Beckett lies in seventh overall with Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Thompson in
ï¿½My legs are really feeling it after today!ï¿½ an
exhausted Beckett, of Solva, Pembrokeshire, said.
ï¿½There were some big waves
rolling around the bay and plenty of breeze too. So far in this event I've just
about managed to stay consistent which is keeping me in the top ten, and I'm
happy with that for now.
ï¿½The next two days are going to be tricky racing
with plenty to lose or gain, so hopefully I can avoid any big scores to stay up
Competition resumes with the penultimate day of
fleet racing tomorrow at 1100 local time (0900 GMT).
Full results are available on the
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