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Olympic medal contenders show their strength at Weymouth

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark race in Weymouth bay Photo: Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

Both Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark and Dave Evans-Ed Powys retained their top spots for a second day in the 470 and 49er fleets respectively, Ben Ainslie leads the Finn class while Giles Scott and Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell will be boosted by three race wins apiece in the Finn and SKUD events.

Scott currently sits in third for his efforts, but it’s Olympic and World Champion Ben Ainslie who tops the Finn fleet, after posting a consistent 5,2,3. Andrew Mills is fifth with Mark Andrews just outside the top ten in 11th.

470 World Champions Mills-Clark once again shrugged off competition from their closest rivals to extend their lead at the top of the 470 leaderboard. The duo sit four points ahead of second place Lecointre-Geron (FRA) after 7-3.

“It was a tricky day out there today, quite patchy with some big gains and losses going on with us not really knowing why. We didn’t have a great start in either race, both very safe starts but had good speed throughout which was essential in pulling back up through the fleet,” said Clark.

"We found it a little hard to find our downwind mode which normally comes quite easily and we normally really enjoy that in these wavy conditions but that wasn’t working great for us today so it was a definite scrap!”

Having won the 470 World Championships in Barcelona only a few weeks ago, Mills and Clark are certainly not fazed by the weather in Weymouth.

“It’s certainly different to Barcelona where we won the Worlds – the weather is just so miserable here this week! It’s great racing though, good to have some strong breeze and its always useful to race in a variety of conditions.”

In the men’s 470 fleet, Skandia Team GBR’s Patience-Bithell had another solid day adding a 3-2 to their scorecard to move them up to fifth overall.

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have an overall position of fifth to show for their three races posting scores of 3,1,7 in the Star class, while Paul Goodison sits 11th in the Laser fleet. Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor for the second consecutive day won three out of their four round robin races in the Elliot 6m women’s match racing event and are joint leaders of the round robin group.

Meanwhile on the RS:X racecourse, Bryony Shaw suffered kit failure due to a snapped mast extension in race one. The Olympic bronze medallist however went on to score a fifth in her only race of the day, leading British men’s windsurfer Nick Dempsey has improved from third to second with 1,7 from his two races, while Elliot Carney is 12th.

In the Paralympic fleets, Skandia Team GBR’s Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell are leading the charge in the SKUD class following three impressive bullets. John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas bounced back from a disappointing first day with 3,1,5 to move them up to fifth overall in the Sonar, while in the 2.4mR event, Helena Lucas is third and Megan Pascoe fourth.

Racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta continues today with the Paralympic classes (2.4mR, SKUD and Sonar) finishing on Friday 8 June and medal races for the 10 Olympic Classes scheduled for Saturday 9 June.