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Paralympics: John Robertson's team joint 4th so far but "spirits are still high"

John Robertson from Sunderland and his team go into today's races in joint fourth place, in the Sonar sailing class.

The teams all compete eleven times in total over six days and discard the points from their worst race. They are now more than half way through them.

Robertson told the Royal Yachting Association the team is still feeling confident.

"It’s tough; it’s a Paralympic Games so it’s not going to be easy. We always try our best but it is hard work and we will keep working hard.

“With the race course being very close to the shore it was a bit shiftier than normal. We had cracking boat speed all round but in the second race we just lost our way a little bit and couldn’t get to where we wanted to be. Then we just slipped and missed out on the lucky breaks with wind shifts, which a few people had.

"But the spirits are high within the team and we back each other 100 per cent.”

– John Robertson, Paralympic sailor, Sonar class

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