UPDATE Wed.14 December
Hoping for better things today in the International Star Class at Perth 2011 did not provide any joy for Peter O’Leary and David Burrows as they scored a 16th and 24th taking them back to 15th place overall.
This followed on a black flag result on Tuesday. With a rest day tomorrow and just two races left to sail on Friday it is really being put up to them now to at least maintain their 11th placing by nation to obtain their qualification for Ireland to sail in the Class at Weymouth 2102. They are on equal points of 97 with the Spanish team of Chavarri and Rodriquez and while they will hopefully qualify it must still be a bit of a worry for them with just the one day of racing left before the medal race on Saturday.
The British crew Percy and Simpson took the lead today in gusty winds and rough seas at the ISAF World when they consolidated their first place position in the overall standings after race four of the Star fleet. They have a total of 16 points while Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (USA) are on 28 points with Germany’s Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen just behind them on 30.
Peter O’Leary and David Burrows had a disappointing day and were unlucky with their 33rd position in race three but came back strongly in race four with third place thus keeping them in the top ten and 9th overall with Swedish pairing of Frederik Loof and Max Salminen taking first place followed by Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bfruno Prada.
The outcome of race four saw the Swedish pair Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen take first place followed by Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada. British pair Percy and Simpson placed fourth. With six more races until the Medal Race the British and Irish are well aware of the obstacles to come. Hopefully, all going well the and the results for the rest of the regatta go their way, the Irish pair will be able to discard their 33.
Straight into third place for the Cork-Dublin pairing of Peter O’Leary and David Burrows with an 8th and 2nd in the 42 boat fleet. This leaves them in third place overall after two races and just three points adrift of the leaders, current Gold Medalists Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson
Race one enjoyed an average wind speeds of 13 knots, which clearly benefitted Polish pair Matuesz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki who won by 63 seconds form Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (USA).
Third place was taken out by the German team of Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen, and just one second behind them were Lain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR). Race two went to Portugal’s Afonso Domingos and Frederico Melo. Ireland’s Peter O’Leary and David Burrows came in a close second, just 14 seconds behind the front runners.
Percy and Simpson placed third, and fourth place went to Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen of Sweden. Overall standings after two races put Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in first, Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen (GER) second and third is Peter O’leary and David Burrows (IRE).
The Star competition at the ISAF Worlds is the one to watch. The 2012 London Olympic Games will sadly be the last Olympic appearance of this wonderful class.
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