GB sailors prosper in tricky conditions

05 June 2012 / 20:49

Great Britain's sailors continued to impress despite poor weather at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta on Tuesday.

The second day of the regatta in Weymouth and Portland was challenging, with non-stop rain, shifts in wind and very poor visibility across the race courses.

However, 470 women's duo Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark made light work of the conditions, shrugging off competition to extend their lead at the top of the leaderboard.

"It was a tricky day out there today, quite patchy with some big gains and losses going on with us not really knowing why," Clark said.

"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.

"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!"

While Mills and Clark top the women's 470 fleet class for the second day, Dave Evans and Ed Powys achieved the same feat in the 49ers.

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie leads the Finn class, while Giles Scott and Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell found great form with three race wins apiece in the Finn and SKUD events.