Skandia Team GBR’s Yngling sailors enjoyed very different fortunes on the third day of the Breitling Regatta in Medemblik, Holland, on Friday (25 May).
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson extended their lead over the 30-boat Yngling fleet, with a nine point buffer now between them and nearest rivals, Russians Ekaterina Skudina, Diana Krutskikh and Natalia Ivanova of Russia. Ayton’s team posted results of 6,12,4 from their three races today to hold firm at the top of the table and remain on course for their fourth straight podium finish at a major event this year.
Meanwhile, there was a disappointing end to the regatta for Shirley Robertson, Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor who bowed out of the competition in order to return to the UK and carry out important work on their boat. Robertson explained that the week has “highlighted changes we need to make to the boat to enable us to perform at our optimum.”
The battle for British honours in the Laser Radial class continues – four British boats are now within the top eight with Athens Olympian Laura Baldwin holding on at the top of the leaderboard with strong performance of 6,1,8. Penny Clark, silver medallist at the 2006 Holland Regatta, dropped to fifth place overall, with Andrea Brewster close behind and Charlotte Dobson in eighth place.
Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark enjoyed similar fortunes in the women’s 470 event. Their day got off to a less than ideal start with a 22nd from their first race of the day, but followed that up with a second and a fifth to boost them into fifth place overall – and just seven points behind Slovenian leaders Vesna Deklava Paoli and Klara Maucec.
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