Fresh challenge - getting ahead in the 49erFX

Richard Langdon /
British Sailing Team 'chosen one' and present leader in the Weymouth, Charlotte Dobson, tells us about her run -up to Rio 2016
A further lack of wind and an overcast sky over Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, alongside a forecast that indicated no improvement, created some down-heartedness on the penultimate morning of the Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland. While we did a Moth Worlds here once that was all but blown out for a full week, this is our first time here when there’s been too little wind; when at the end of the day three, only four races had been held in most classes. Fortunately for sailors, race officials and the spectators who turned up to perch in deckchairs to watch racing on the big screen on the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy hard, conditions did come good. By the afternoon race officials on all five courses were attempting to bang in the races to provide competitors with their money worth going into tomorrow’s final day medal races, limited, of course, to just the top 10 in each class.  One of the most jubilant crews to come off the water today were British 49erFX contenders, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, for whom two bullets out of three races today has caused them to pull into the lead, going into tomorrow’s final medal race. Currently the Brits lie two points ahead of the Swedes, Julia Gross and Cecilia Jonsson and a further five ahead of world no3s from New Zealand, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. Coming ashore Dobson and Ainsworth both beaming. Dobson exclaimed: “I am really excited. Light winds have in the past has not been our thing. It’s been something we’ve been working really hard and it is amazing to see it come together as we hoped it would. And of course it is a very good time for it to come together too. The Swedish have always been good