Monday, August 11, 2008

AINSLIE Takes Lead In Finns...

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After winning race 5 today on the final downwind to the finish, Athens gold medallist Ben Ainslie took the overall lead in the Finn class from American Zach RAILEY.
Ben AINSLIE (GBR) then placed 10th in race 6 with Zach RAILEY (USA) in eighth to go into the lay day with a one-point advantage. Guillaume FLORENT (FRA) moves up to third after placing fourth and sixth today. Chris COOK(CAN) drops one place to third after finishing 23rd and fifth today.“It was a good race in the first, but I would have liked to done a lot better in the second so that was pretty disappointing.
But still a long way to go, and it’s good to be at the right end of the fleet,” reflected AINSLIE at the end of the day.With 14-15 knots of breeze early in the morning, the conditions looked good, but the forecast was for it to drop. When the fleet arrived on course area E it was still at 12 knots, so most of the fleet hoisted their heavier sails. Then once it was too late too change again, the wind started to decrease. -