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O’Leary and Burrows Holding Second – Just!!

Weymouth and Portland Olympic Regatta 2011. London Prepares Test Series

The Dynamic  Irish Olympic Duo of O’Leary and Burrows had two mid fleet finishes today (Fri) and were able to discard an eleventh place finish to end on 41 points,  Also finishing on 41 points and in third place  were Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki of Poland, followed by Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson GBR on 43 points with the wily Italian pairing of Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolin having fought their way up to fifth place on 50 points and Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk of NZL on 60 points in sixth place.  As foretold at the beginning of the series there is no stopping these no holds barred top world class sailors in this the toughest class of all from rising like the cream to the top no matter what mishaps may befall them on the way. What a tremendous campaign our Irish pairing has put in to be mixing it at the very top.

Tomorrow will see the Medal race for the Star Class with the top ten finishers from the ten race series, with one discard, entering the fray.  The race will count for double points added to the series score already in place. Olympic Gold Medalist Robert Scheidt and crew Bruno Prada on 17 points cannot be beaten but for the other nine contenders it will be daggers drawn for the silver and Bronze position.

Meanwhile Annalise Murphy of Dublin who sailed the Laser Radial Medal Race today (Fri) finished the in 49 boat fleet in a very creditable sixth place.

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.

am 12.08.2011

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.

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