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Bouwmeester Claims Gold With A Day To Spare
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has sealed the gold medal in the Laser Radial with
the Medal Race still to go at the Weymouth and Portland International
Regatta, the Olympic Test Event.
The Dutch sailor has dominated the Laser Radial fleet almost from the
outset with a tremendous display and she heads into the Medal Race with an
unassailable 32 point lead.
On her day Bouwmeester said, “I am very happy that I could finish
everything today. It was really windy and quite shifty today but it’s
always pretty tricky so I was happy with a four and two."
Click here to view an interview with Marit Bouwmeester.
After her superb performance in Weymouth Bouwmeester is eyeing up Perth
2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship Laser Radial glory, “Hopefully at
the Perth 2011 ISAF Worlds I can get a world title behind me. Everything
went well this week but Perth is a different venue and I am definitely going
to train hard to do my best there.”
Paige Railey (USA) was the standout sailor of the day as the American
recorded two stylish race wins in winds of 20-25 knots on the Weymouth Bay
West course. Railey trailed Charlotte Dobson (GBR) round mark one and two in
Race 9 but she powered ahead and won convincingly by 56 seconds. Her victory
was not as emphatic in Race 10 but she held the lead from the start to
finish 28 seconds ahead of Bouwmeester.
Railey is now hot on the heels of Evi Van Acker after the Belgian went 8-6
on the fifth day of Laser Radial sailing. Van Acker has 49 points and Railey
is on 58 points ahead of the double points Medal Race on Friday.
Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) reduced the gap on Hannah Mills and Saskia
Clark (GBR) to just one point ahead of the Medal Race. Mills and Clark have
led the Women’s 470 fleet from the start, but the Japanese sailors
have slowly chipped away at their lead. With the Medal Race taking place on
Friday at the Nothe the Brits are on 37 points and the Japanese girls are on
38 points. Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) are in third on 47
bullets after their bullet in Race 10. The days other race win went to Jo
Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) who are down in seventh place on 69 points.
The Women’s Match Racing 5-8 place sail-off was scheduled today on
the Portland Harbour course but racing was cancelled meaning Olivia Price
(AUS) finishes in fifth followed by Mandy Mulder (NED), Lucy Macgregor (GBR)
and Anna Kjellberg (SWE).
Tomorrow also sees the Women’s Match Racing Final and the Men’s
and Women’s RS:X Medal Races. The Finns will also continue with racing
scheduled to start at 12:00 local time.