29 JULY 2012, 06:55 PM
Brits And Brazilians In Photo Finish
It was a photo finish in Race 2 of the Star class at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition as Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) overcame Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by the narrowest of margins.
Both teams finished in a time of 73:39 but the race win was awarded to the Brazilians as they took the overall lead having finished fourth in Race 1.
On the race Scheidt said, “We exchanged positions on the second beat, one passing the other all the time and it came down to the finish line. It was a very interesting race. It was so tight that it was hard to see if we won.”
With such tight results every point makes the difference and when asked if it might decide the competition Scheidt added, “It’s going to be quite exciting.”
Percy and Simpson had a weak start to the competition finishing Race 1 in 11th place but they fought back and almost recorded a bullet in the second place. Simpson said, “It was a tricky race and a good battle at the front. It was very shifty out there and we learnt a few lessons from the first race. We thought we were ahead and it was unbelievably close.
“We were quicker than them downwind. In three out of four runs we sailed away and caught them up and it’s a good marker for the rest of the week.”
Ireland’s David Burrows and Peter O’Leary are second overall after a consistent day that included a second in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. Meanwhile Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) are third overall.
The first bullet of the Star sailing competition went to France’s Xavier Rohart and Pierre Alexis Ponsot, but a 13th in Race 2 sees them in sixth place.
Stars resume racing tomorrow at 14:10 local time on the Weymouth Bay West course.
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