Britons have the edge

06 June 2012 / 21:20

Great Britain's sailors are leading in four events at the halfway stage of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

On a day where there was no shortage of wind at Weymouth and Portland, Giles Scott leapfrogged compatriot and three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie at the top of the Finn class.

Scott, the 2011 Finn world champion, said: "To remain on top I am going to keep doing what I am trying to do now by taking each race as it comes and doing as well as possible in each of these.

"It is always better to have fewer points than more, being out in front is always a nice position to be in.

"There is pressure to be in front but I can't say I am losing sleep over it."

Ainslie now sits eight points behind his Skandia Team GBR team-mate but he is grateful at being pushed to his limits shortly before the Olympics by Scott.

He said: "I haven't been 100% at this regatta, but to be honest it is a great opportunity to get out on the water and see how the competition is doing and know more about the venue so it is completely worth doing and hopefully I will start to feel better towards the end of the week.

"I'm doing okay, but Giles is doing really well, he certainly has turned the pace up especially upwind in these conditions.

"I am very lucky that he is my training partner. Having Giles taking me to this level just before the Games is undoubtedly great for me. "

Reigning Olympic Star champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, Paralympic SKUD sailors Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, and Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas also went top of their respective leaderboards.