A bank of mist over the race area has held up proceedings so far this morning, the third scheduled day of racing at the 2013 Laser European and World Championships. Sailors have been held ashore waiting for the cloud cover to clear. In fact it is warm and sunny in the boat parks at the National Yacht Club and the Royal St George Yacht Club. Winds are much lighter than so far although the various forecasts do not necessarily agree. If the cloud cover does clear then a lighter sea breeze may roll in. So far the breeze is in the S to SW at around 5 - 9kts.

In the Women’s Laser Radial fleet the British Sailing Team’s Alison Young, who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympic Regatta, is nicely poised counting three third places so far. She lies seventh, on the same points as Olympic silver medallist Marit Bouwmeester and leads a strong British squad, including Hannah Snellgrove, which is racing on Dublin Bay.

The British Sailing Team’s Women’s Laser Radial coach is Hugh Styles, who knows Dublin Bay well having also coached the British team at the ISAF Youth World Championships here in July 2012. He believes the sea breeze will come in and is happy with the performances from the British girls so far. “We have some gradient coming off the land and it is a little bit cloudy this morning, but the race officers say they believe we might get some sea breeze which would be nice. I did the Youth Worlds here last year and it is not very common that we get a sea breeze coming in. So there is a bit of excitement but I think we might get something nice in from the SE” Styles says.

“Hannah Snellgrove won one of here races yesterday, and she’s only just back into sailing after doing well in her geology exams at Cambridge. Ali Young is having a solid regatta so far counting three third places. It was a tricky day yesterday with a load of youngsters coming in now. I look after Ali Young, Chloe Martin and Hannah Snellgrove. We have ten girls here.”

“I have only been involved in the Radials since a year before the 2012 Games but we are working really hard at the moment and have just done some time out in Rio, stuff preparing for other big regattas on the programme. In terms of the four year programme we are looking to the future with a lot of enthusiasm.”

“I think Ali showed so much potential going into and at the last Olympics and so that is good for the British Radial squad as a whole, so we working on becoming the dominant force in Laser Radial sailing in the world in the next three years. We are working to hard towards that and I think we are doing well.”

“We are working on processes here, trying to make sure that everyone builds a good regatta. In terms of the venue and the forecasts being a bit weird and wonderful then it is hard to actually put numbers to sailors but we will be happy if we go away from here with some sailors having what they call in other sports ‘personal bests’, achieving some goals.”

“The French have a good group. Quite a lot of the ‘older’ faces have taken some time out so this will be an interesting year to see who does what. We have another month until the World Championships in China, so we all have our eyes down before that.”

 


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