Finn & 470 classes battle it out for country berths!
Perth delivered another stellar day for sailing today. The left side remained a dominant feature although there were plenty of right hand opportunities including some really big ones that rattled some cages and saw a variety of different performers up front.
The Radial and RSX Women had the day off, leaving all eyes on the Finn and 470 Men as the focus of the Canadian contingent. The 470 men's team of Luke Ramsay and Mike Leigh continue to hang tough, putting up a 17 - 26 for the day to remain in 25th overall, 19th country overall and inside the Olympic qualifying numbers. They raced on Centre course today, which is tucked in tight to "Bather's Beach", allowing for some viewer from the grandstands. The Finn class and Radial Gold fleet get to try their luck on this course tomorrow which will add to the overriding excitement.
Check out this interview of Canadian 470 team Ramsay/Leigh:
Canadian 470 M Interview
The Finn battle at the top has become a British domination. In race 8, the second race for the day saw the Brits place 1 through 4, a true exhibition by their squad. You can only tip your hats off in appreciation of those performances. Overall, Ben Ainslie has reclaimed the lead, with a 2 point jump on Giles Scott (GBR) and 7 points clear of "The Postman" before the day began. Cooker (CAN) continues to show that he still has what it takes to compete at this level, and just needs some time to address his overall fitness. His speed and sailing skills have definitely not been lost. His 12 -17 for the day leaves him currently in 17th overall, and with a multitude of teams carrying black flag scores as their drop races the proverbial "anything can happen" could happen. Definitely a "must put the hammer down day" tomorrow. Chris is excited for the challenge that will be presented on Centre Course tomorrow. Greg Douglas (CAN) demonstrated flashes of brilliance on the day, fighting gamely for position and playing amongst the "big boys" again. A couple small slips resulted in scores somewhat below his personal targets, nevertheless a good display of the progress Douglas has made. Currently 23rd overall, Greg looks forward to finishing his event on a high note.
Brendan Wilton (CAN), dusted the Silver fleet in the Finn class during race one, winning by more than a couple of football fields, with Martin Robitaille placing 3rd. In race two, Brendan put in a late charge to finish third while Marty battled for a top 10. The boys are demonstrating their ability to be in the Gold Fleet, and look to make that jump for next season.
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