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GB crews quick out of the blocks at Palma World Cup
Laser Radial sailor Alison Young and the new 470 women's pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre were the stand-out British performers on a breezy first day at the Princess Sofia World Cup regatta in Palma on Monday (1 April).
Young, 25, who finished fifth at her first Olympic Games last summer, posted the perfect opening day scorecard with two dominant race wins in the Laser Radial fleet, while the scratch duo of Weguelin-McIntyre repeated the same feat amid conditions reaching 25 knots in the women's double-handed 470 class.
The European Champion Weguelin, 24, teamed up with 18-year-old McIntyre at the start of the year and described their opening day as 'awesome'.
"It was pretty full-on for the first day, but good though. We were pretty fast on the racecourse so that made things quite simple and then we just played it quite simply. We were just trying to do the basic stuff well.
"Obviously we're quite a young team so there's a lot to learn, but everyone's quite supportive," Weguelin continued, keeping a level head with five days of racing still to go.
"I wouldn't say we've got huge expectations for this week, but it's quite a new fleet, so everyone's in the same boat really. For us it's just about getting routines in place, seeing how it goes and learning."
Development squad sailor Martin Evans posted a race win and a seventh to sit third overall in the Laser fleet after day one, while Bryony Shaw described her day as 'frustrating with 'too many wipeouts' seeing her lose race leads to end the day in sixth overall with 12,5 on her scorecard. Chloe Martin joins Alison Young inside the top ten of the Laser Radial fleet with 3,7, while Sam Sills recovered from false start disqualification in his opening race to post a ninth in race two and sit in tenth place overall.
Britain's crews in the new Nacra 17 multihull and 49er FX classes will have to wait another day for their first taste of World Cup action, while the 2.4mR Paralympic class was also confined to shore due to the testing conditions.
A new scoring format is being trialled this week in Palma, with much still to play out over the next five days of racing.
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