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O’Leary and Burrows score First and Third at Weymouth today

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After discard and six races: Brazil 1 on 7 pts…… Ireland 2 on 17 pts…… Poland 3 on 19 pts…… Italy 4 on 20 pts.

Peter O’Leary’s 6 pts discard, his worst result in six races, is quite remarkable in this world class and the lowest discard in the series to date showing the afore mentioned consistency of the Irish team’s performance. Even the Brazilian Gold Medalist Robert Scheidt and crew Bruno Prada had to discard a ninth place.  2.30pm 08.08.2011. Win for O’Leary and Burrows  in Race 5 in the International Star Class at Weymouth and Portland. IRL 1, BRA 2. POL 3. GBR 4.

Today in Weymouth brought more cold, strong winds and more physically testing conditions in Weymouth Bay. The offshore wind was very shifty with many place changes during the day though the sea was flatter than  yesrerday.

The International Star Class is the home of the premier one-design racing keel boat in the world.  For 100 years Star sailors have led the way in advancing the sport of competitive sailing, and have been honored by sailing in the Olympic Games since 1932.  With over 2,200 members and fleets in 38 countries, Star Class championship events are hosted at venues around the globe. At a Star Class regatta you will find Olympic and World Champions competing alongside sailors of all ages and skill levels eager to sail at the highest level of the sport.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be a lay day for the Stars but will see the return of the Laser Radials in action with Annalise Murphy coming back into racing lying in second overall position.

August 7th, 2011

Blustery winds ranging from 19-24 knots welcomed the sailors to day at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test Event.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Star title holders Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) once again showed they are the team to beat in the 21-boat Star fleet. The Brazilians went 1-2 to lead on five points.  The Brazilians nearest rivals are Poland’s Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki  on 19 points followed in third place by Peter O’Leary and David Burrows also on 19 points.

As ever the Star Class shows the mettle of its sailors and the difficulties in climbing to the top and staying there in the face of all the truly magnificent talent that is the Star Class.

Going into racing tomorrow (Mon) after four races Scheidt and Prada (BRA) have results of 1,1,1,2. Kusznierewicz and Zycki (POL) have 8,4,2,5, O’Leary and Burrows (IRL) have 6,5,4,4, Loof and Voltorino (SWED) have 3,7,7,6 and Pepper and Monk (NZL) have 5,2,15,7. If a discard were to be applied now just take a look at the answer and see how it illustrates the tightness of the competition and see O’Leary and Burrows consistency but we will have to wait and see if this consistency will pay off if it is maintained and how the weather and all other conditions pan out for the week.

World #1 Laser Radial sailor Marit Bouwmeester (NED) continued her fantastic regatta with her third race win and a second. With eight points she leads Annalise Murphy (IRL), in second on 26 points, and Krystal Weir (AUS), on 27 points, in third.

The Laser, Laser Radial and 470 will enjoy a reserve day tomorrow but the 49er, Finn, RS:X and Stars continue racing.

August 6th

The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta is an official London 2012 Test Event and part of the London Prepares series. All of the Olympic events will be contested with each nation able to send just one entry to each event.

Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) are the leading pair in the Star after the Brazilians won both of their races. They claimed the ISAF Sailing World Cup Star title by 26 points winning gold at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Semainé Olympique Française, Delta Lloyd Regatta and Skandia Sail for Gold and once again showed they are the pair to beat.

After two races Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk (NZL) are second on seven points and Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) are third on ten points with Ireland’s Peter O’Leary and David Burrows fourth on eleven points.

In the Laser Radial Class Annalise Murphy is now up to seventh place after four races.

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