Racing hampered

Only the RS:Xes and women's match racing was held on day three of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre

Tuesday March 30th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: Spain

After a morning with winds of up 30 knots and big waves, racing could only held in the afternoon for the Women’s Match Racing and the RS:X men and women on day three of 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre.

With racing scheduled to start at 11:00, the Race Committee made the optimist call to launch the Finn class, but as the breeze increased it was not long before they were sent back to shore with several boats – Skandia Team GBR’s Andrew Mills included – suffering broken masts after capsizing in the rough sea state. The remaining races of the day were cancelled at around 15:00.

In the Women’s Match Racing the second round robins were sailed, the competitors divided into Gold, Repechage, Silver and Bronze fleets. In the Gold fleet three flights of the five total were sailed and world no1 France’s Claire LeRoy has the only team that remains unbeaten, claiming the scalps of Renee Groeneveld (NED), Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR). Groeneveld and American Sally Barkow are on two wins, while it was a disappointing day for Lucy Macgregor’s team, who’s only victory was against Barkow, who beat them yesterday in the opening round robin stage.

Macgregor, Lush and Martin’s third and final match of the day was against world number one Claire Leroy (FRA). After picking up a penalty in the pre-start, the Skandia Team GBR crew fought back, getting their noses in front at one point, before picking up a another penalty and losing narrowly to the French crew.

“It was a slightly frustrating day for us,” Annie Lush admitted. “We had a few incidents and penalties today, some of which were perhaps a little dubious, but having said that it was an awesome day for sailing, with lots of wind, lots of sun and lots of really close racing.

“Palma has thrown every condition at us so far, and as a result, the good thing is that no-one is really dominating – the results have shown that – so we don’t mind who we meet in the quarter-finals.

“I hope we’ll be up there in the medals at the end of the week – but we need to stay out of trouble a bit more,” Lush continued.

“We’ve been drawn into match racing a few times when we possibly could have stayed cleaner, given less to the umpires and avoided some penalties, but we’re pretty confident still and we’ll see where we are at the end of the week!”

In the RS:X Men, Israel’s Sahar Zubari has maintained his lead men tied with Tom Ashley from New Zealand while in third place overall is Greece’s Byron Kokkalanis. Nick Dempsey was quick to take advantage when the windsurfers were eventually released from the beach, boosting his overall position from 26th to 15th thanks to a seventh and a second from the two races – his best day so far.

In RS:X Women, Beijing silver medallist, Italy’s Alessandra Sensini, was in her element in the stronger conditions and posted two wins. This caused her to take over the overall lead from Beijing bronze medallist, Britain’s Bryony Shaw, who scored a 6-3 today.

Racing at the Princess Sofia Trophy is set to resume on Wednesday, with the final medal races scheduled for Friday 2 April.

Full results here

Women's match racing results here



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