only for double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson and her crew Lucy Macgregor and Annie Lush to then edge in front at the downwind gate. Ayton, Webb, and Wilson fought back at the top mark in the 20 knots of wind on the race course and resumed their lead. But Robertson, Lush and Macgregor, refusing to be beaten, pushed hard to overtake Ayton, Webb and Wilson and took the win in their first race of this regatta
Both of these Skandia Team GBR teams led the fleet by over 300m making for a very promising start to the challenging week ahead. The second race of the day was no less exciting with Ayton, Webb and Wilson coming back well to post a third just behind Robertson, Lush and Macgregor in second. The two British crews are in first and second place going into the second day of racing for the women’s keelboat class.
RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park commented "It was a fantastic first days’ racing making it clear that it's going to be a tight battle between the top two British Ynglings. Today’s opening races were definitely some of the best Yngling racing I've ever seen."
Skandia Team GBR's Lizzie Vickers struggled in the first Laser Radial race of the day but managed to pull back considerably in the second by posting 7th.
"There were really shifty conditions today and it was important to keep on the right sides of the pressure and keep your eyes out of the boat at all times - this was really difficult at times!"
Other results from the Laser Radials included Penny Clark coming 10th in both her races securing a 15th placing overall. Charlotte Dobson had a flying start in the first race retaining 3rd place throughout the race but following a yellow flag, and a subsequent 720 degree turn punishment, fell back into 5th position. Charlotte still moves up one position overall and remains the leading Brit at 14th place.
Friday 6th July sees the start of racing for the exhilarating 49er classes and the RS:X men and women's windsurfing classes.
Racing at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, continues through until Friday 13 July.
Results: ISAF World Sailing Championships 2007, Cascais (POR)
Laser Radial (after 4 races)
14. Charlotte Dobson (44pts)
15. Penny Clark (45pts)
22. Alison Young (62pts)
Yngling (after 2 races)
1. Shirley Robertson-Annie Lush-Lucy Macgregor (3pts)
2. Sarah Ayton-Sarah Webb-Pippa Wilson (5pts)
15. Victoria Rawlinson-Emma Rawlinson-Sue Monson (30pts)
For a full list of British entries and to follow Skandia Team GBR’s progress at the ISAF World Sailing Championships visit http://www.skandiateamgbr.com/events/isafworlds/isafworlds.htm
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