Patience steps up World Cup assault in Miami

28 January 2015 / 10:37

Luke Patience says he is ready to take the fight to the competition at the ISAF sailing World Cup in Miami after finishing day two in second position overall.

After a first and second finish on day one Olympic silver medallist Patience and 470 class partner Elliot Willis finished fourth and fifth on day two.

The standings are tight at the top after four races with the Greek pairing of Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis on top with six points and the Brits behind on seven – Australia third on eight.

And Patience says he is primed and ready for an assault on top spot.

“I’m just really pleased at how our downwind speed has come on,” he said.

“That’s something we’re really looking to push and press this week.  There are a couple of boats we’ve singled out as being really good downwind, so if we can match that then I feel like we can take the fight to them. 

“There’s that, along with a few tweaks we’ve made in the lighter range, which obviously we didn’t have today. 

“We’ve been looking forward to lining up against those boats with the changes that we’ve made.”

Elsewhere Bryony Shaw, defending her 2014 women’s windsurfing title, moved to the top of the RS:X leaderboard while Izzy Hamilton is down in sixth.

Giles Scott is in good shape to keep his unbeaten regatta streak going with the 27-year-old on top after four races in the Finn fleet with a win and a fifth-place finish after the action on day two.

And Nicola Groves and Ben Saxton sit second overall in the Nacra 17 class after battling difficult conditions during their races. 

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