Wright and Vickars lead

Two British sailors are leading the Holland Olympic Regatta

Friday May 26th 2006, Author: Lindsey Bell, Location: United Kingdom
Finn sailor Ed Wright and Lizzie Vickers in the Laser Radial are the only two Brits currently in podium positions after day two of the Holland Regatta (24-28 May), which saw improved racing conditions today in Medemblik.

Five more Skandia Team GBR boats - in the Laser Radial, Yngling, 49er, RS:X men and 470 women's classes - are poised just outside of the top three after the second day of competition, where, after a light start and a few early postponements, wind speeds averaged around 12 knots in the afternoon.

Wright posted two thirds from his two races of the day, to sit just two points behind Greek world number one Emilios Papathanasiou, with the Bournemouth-based sailor, who won the Grade 1 Hyeres regatta last month, pleased with his position so far.

"It's a big fleet here - about 90 boats, including some of the America's Cup guys - so it makes for some interesting racing," Wright explained.

"The conditions were good out on the course at around ten knots so I'm pretty pleased with today. My big decision making on the whole was good, I think I got most things right, but I was a bit off with some of my smaller decisions so something to work on for tomorrow!"

After a 33rd from Thursday's first race, Lizzie Vickers' day got much better, with a third and a bullet allowing her to discard the first result and finish the day in overall third. Development squad sailor Alison Young is currently just outside of the medal places in fourth, thanks to a sixth from race three.

The 49ers saw their first taste of action this regatta, with three races staged early on the Ijsselmeer today. Skandia Team GBR's sole competitors in this class, Paul Campbell James and Mark Asquith, got off to a solid start with a first, fifth and a ninth to see them in fourth place, just one point from third in the 30-boat fleet.

"It was good to get out there today after we were called off yesterday, but the winds were pretty light for us," said Asquith on today's racing. "There were some bands of wind across the course and it was a case of whoever caught those was first to the mark and that was that."

Olympic gold medallists Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb, sailing with Emma Rawlinson in the Yngling, are also in fourth place after their opening day's racing - on 18 points, they're just two points from the silver medal position, and are currently behind a trio of Dutch boats clearly making the most of their home water advantage.


470 Men
470 Women
Laser Radial
RS:X Men 
RS:X Women

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