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Sailing - 11. July 2011.

Moving on up for Canada and Great Britain on day 3 of the 470 Europeans

Conditions on Course Area D for the first races of the day were tricky with the wind shifting and with 7 knots, before decreasing to 4 knots as the fleets finished race 5. After going back ashore to wait for an improvement in the wind, it was decided to abandon racing for the 470 women, whilst the 470 men were sent back out to race in a more stable 6-8 knot breeze to complete their qualification series.

470 Women
In a turnaround compared to yesterday's disappointments, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) got themselves back on track to lead race 5 from start to finish and build up a significant gap of more than one minute over the pack at the gun. The team consider that the past two days' challenges have only served to support their advancement, as Mills explained, “Today we had to start the event again in our minds and put the last two days behind us. All we wanted was space at the start line and we got that. We had good upwind speed, good downwind speed and having gained the lead were able to extend it.”

Recognizing the challenge ahead Clark emphasized, “We've got a big climb ahead of us. We have reassessed where we are and reassessed our goals for the week and the goal is top ten.” But Clark made her statement before the pair knew that redress had been granted for race 1, which now gives them a 3 point score rather than 44 points, and they will go into Tuesday's racing in fourteenth overall. A happy ending to the day.

After a postponement on the water, the fleet were then sent ashore to wait for an improvement in the breeze, before racing was abandoned for the day. The 43 boat strong 470 women are sailing as one fleet so no rush today to secure places in the gold fleet! However, with only four days of racing left and every team counting at least one double digit result, it is proving to be a high scoring regatta.

The introduction of the discard after race 5 has moved the scoreboard around a bit, but Spain's Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos continue to lead the fleet overall, with Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Luisa Barbachan (BRA) in second. Moving up into third overall are Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron (FRA) after a sixth place in race 5.

There are 43 teams competing in the 470 Women fleet from 10 nations, including seven of the world's top 10 teams.

Get the latest update on the 470 Women racing - including blog, results and live tracking via the dedicated Class Page.
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