Britannia rules the waves...


Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy
... in Olympic singlehanded dinghies, such as World Champ Ali Young in the Laser Radial
Day three of the Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland was a second difficult one for race officials. Grey overcast skies in the morning presented little prospect of a sea breeze developing and the light shifty breeze that enabling most classes to get in a singleton race evaporated as a slow moving, slowly dying rain cloud moved over Weymouth Bay. Inevitably, later in the day, after the fleets had been sent home and just as it seemed likely that proceedings would be canned for the day, the forecast southeasterly filled in and the RS:Xes, Lasers, Radials and 49erFXes headed out. In the end only the Lasers and RS:Xes sailed and the singlehanded dinghies getting in well after the sun (had it been out) might have dropped below the yardarm. The Laser classes finally managed to bring their tally up to four races with Australia's Tom Burton leading the men and Britain's Nick Thompson third, while in the Radials, the Netherland's Marit Bouwmeester leads the charge from London 2012 Gold medallist Lijia Xu, but the day belonged to fast rising Hungarian star Mária Érdi, who, aged just 18, won today's final race and is up to third overall. Last December Érdi came out on top in the Radial class at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Langkawi. Team GBR's Rio 2016 Radial hope Ali Young has been struggling in the light conditions Weymouth has thrown up this week, and lies a disappointing 15th overall, but comes into not just this regatta, but August's all-important Olympiad, as the reigning World Champion. In April in Vallarta, Mexico, Young became the first British woman to become world champion in a solo Olympic dinghy class, after victory in the medal race caused her to beat the USA’s Paige Railey by a point. With Giles Scott in the Finn, and

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