Lengthy and frustrating delays were experienced to-day (August 12th) by the anxious competitors
In the Laser Radial Class Ciara Peelo commenced racing with a rather shaky start in Race One. The wind was 6 kts. She finished 23rd in Race One and pulled up in Race Two to finish in 17th place leaving her with a total of 40 points and lying 25th overall. USA are leading followed by Belgium second and France third.
In the Mens 470 Class Ger Owens and Phil Lawton faced even longer delays before Race Three of the series commenced. They finished 17th in Race Three and in Race Four pulled up again to finish 15th. They are now lying in 13th position overall on 55 points. Australia lead, followed by France in second and Spain third. They raced in area D on Course 11, Trapezoid inner, in partly cloudy conditions with 28 C and humidity 77.
Tomorrow The Laser Radial will sail races Three and Four with the Mens 470 racing Five and Six. They will be joined by Tim Goodbody in the Finn who will be racing Races Seven and Eight having had a lay day.
Prof O’Connell will again be covering sailing tomorrow (13th) on RTE TWO on Bill O’Herlihy’s Main Highlights at 7 pm. He gave an outstanding performance last evening in a prime spot on the top of the programme and in response to a question from the Interviewer on the complexities of the scoring and how the competition worked really excelled himself in his explanations. He was able to clearly enuniciate the system and also explained the introduction of the Medal Race on the final day that will be sailed by the top ten finishers. This will decide the medals and will count for double points. This was excellent viewing for introducing the public to sailing in a way that was both interesting and explanatory as very often sailing can appear to be boring on television and in many cases the sports commentators reporting do not themselves understand the sport and thus cannot bring it to life. Well done to Prof!