2.30 p.m. Update 12.08.2011 It now appears that the Polish team won their appeal and were granted RDG in each of Races 7 and 8 of 4.5 points each. The running order of the first three placings is now back as it was. Brazil 16 points, Ireland 31, Poland 33 and with GBR on 38. O’Leary and Burrows discarded their 11th placing from Race 9. Race 10 is under way and we will bring you the results of this and the 10 placings for tomorrow’s Medal Race as soon as results are to hand.
After a day of total frustration and drama at the London Test Series 2012 Weymouth Pre-Olympic Regatta yesterday (Thurs), Peter O’Leary and David Burrows continued to consolidate their outstanding results run with a second and sixth and maintained their second overall placing. Their performance and campaign to date continues to display magnificent consistency and controlled discipline.
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, Brazil, continue to lead on 12 points, with Ireland in second place on 25 points, with very solid scores of 6 5 4 4 1 3 2 6 and current Olympic Gold Medalists Percy and Simpson GBR on 36 points. As pointed out previously, the top “names” in the Star fleet can never be underestimated and the places following up to 10th are all now occupied by the cream of the fleet closely bunched on points from 41 to 56 and in this class nothing is ever finished until the fat lady sings. However, it does appear at this stage Scheidt and Prada seem to be unstoppable barring disaster.
The day was not without its moments. Indeed the day contained many long hours not to mind moments as the Star Fleet waited and waited and finally at 17.55hrs racing was able to get under way for Races 7 and 8. The Polish crew who had been doing so well was unfortunately involved in a collision with Argentina in Race 7. It would now appear Argentina have won the protest and the Poles have dropped to 51 points. This protest held up matters hence the lack of results last evening.
Racing is due to get underway for the Stars at 12.10 pm today (Fri) with Races 9 and 10 and reports from the race area this morning indicate good breeze though somewhat less than earlier in the week.
August 10th, 2011
With SSW winds of 22 to 27 knots and gusting 30 knots at Portland Harbour, there was no racing for the Star Class on today. Races 7 and 8 of the series are scheduled for tomorrow (Thurs). However, with winds forecast to be the same tomorrow it will be a case of wait and see.
Standings at the moment: Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada of Brazil lead followed by Peter O’Leary and David Burrows Ireland second and in third place Mateusz Kuszniereincz and Dominic Zycki Poland.