Reporte Laser Radial
1 AUGUST 2012, 05:49 PM
Van Acker And Bouwmeester Hit Back As Murphy Struggles
Evi Van Acker (BEL) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) won a race each in the Laser Radial to reduce Annalise Murphy’s (IRL) early lead.
The Irish girl sits at the top of the leader board on 12 points whilst Van Acker is two behind on 14 and Bouwmeester is on 19.
The Belgian won Race 5 by a three second gap over Great Britain’s Alison Young and a great comeback in Race 6 to saw her finish the race in fifth, “I had a few really good comebacks,” said Van Acker. “It was really tricky out there because it was windy and then not so windy and the wind was shifting. A rain front was predicted so everybody was a bit like where do we go. I was behind in two races and I got every chance to fight for it and I took all my chances. I’m really happy with my sailing.”
Bouwmeester also had an impressive day with a sixth in Race 5 before posting her first bullet of the regatta in Race 6. The World #1 said, “I was not so happy with my first race, it was so tricky but I put myself back in the game with the last race so another day to fight. I’m happy to have a day off tomorrow and then come back. It looks pretty windy so better fuel up and get myself ready.”
Murphy maintains her lead however she could only manage an eighth and a 19th in a tricky day of sailing on the Weymouth Bay West Course. Even though she struggled she is still happy with the way things are going, “It’s brilliant being half-way through the regatta and still being in first spot. But there are still four races to go. It’s kind of hard to keep on winning races.”
The Radials enjoy a lay day on tomorrow before racing resumes at 13:30 local time on the Portland Harbour course.
Annalise Murphy (IRL) – 12pts
Evi Van Acker (BEL) – 14pts
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) – 19pts
Alison Young (GBR) – 23pts
Lijia Xu (CHN) – 25pts
1 AUGUST 2012, 06:30 PM
Kontides Leaps In Front Of Slingsby
Pavlos Kontides doubled up with two race wins
Having won two races on 31 July, Kontides was the model of consistency once again with a 2-4 on the Weymouth Bay West course to lead on 12 points, one ahead of the Australia.
“It is really important to be consistent,” said Kontides. “To have a good race is important. When you come to the Olympic Games, which are only held every four years, you should be prepared for everything.
“We are still not finished so really it means nothing. My goal is to win a medal for Cyprus; it will be our first medal in the Olympics.”
Slingsby discards his ninth he picked up in Race 5 and adds a second from Race 6 to sit on 13 points. Even though Kontides is on great form Slingsby isn’t letting him affect him, “Pavlos is taking more risks than me, but it’s paying off for him,” said Slingsby. “I just have to hope he slips up. He’s sailing really well at the moment. I just have to sail my way.”
The day’s first race win went to New Zealand’s Andrew Murdoch who like most Laser sailors throughout the day had been under pressure from the Cypriot. “We had a good start and I managed to inch my way into the lead,” said Murdoch. “I enjoyed a comfortable lead for a while but I was under pressure from Pavlos. But I got into the breeze again so I was OK.”
Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) won Race 6 after a third in Race 5. He is third overall on 19 points to put a considerable margin between him and Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) in fourth on 35 points.
The Lasers enjoy a lay day on tomorrow before racing resumes at 12:00 local time on the Nothe Course.
Pavlos Kontides (CYP) – 12pts
Tom Slingsby (AUS) – 13pts
Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) – 19pts
Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) – 35pts
Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA) – 36pts