5th April 2018 - Alex Barnes

Hannah Snellgrove is in fine form at the 49th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia in Mallorca, Spain. 

The Lymington-based sailor is currently 8th overall in the gold group of the fleet and stands a good chance of reaching Saturday's medal race. 

In the qualifying series so far, Snellgrove (pictured) has recorded two excellent second place finishes so far in her new crowd-funded Laser Radial, which is named after her favourite song: "The Whole of the Moon". 

Sponsored by Phoenix Marine & Rooster, Snellgrove also has two other top 10 finishes to her name this year in the shape of two 7th places. 

One of those was in the initial yellow group, which Snellgrove qualified into the gold group from, where she then finished 7th again in race 8 earlier today. 

Hannah Snellgrove and her new Laser Radial in action - Photo by: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar

There are 113 other sailors racing in the Laser Radial category. 

Snellgrove's worst result, on the water, during the qualifying series was in the opening race where she placed in 28th overall. She followed that up with her first 2nd and 7th place results before crossing the line in 19th for race four. 

She produced another excellent 2nd to open racing in the gold group with her other two results being a 13th and a 7th. Unfortunately, Snellgrove has a DNC to her score as well for race 7 although she did go back out onto the water for race 8.

The results so far leave Snellgrove in 8th place overall with a net total of 78. Paige Railey (USA), in 9th, is on 84 points and 10th place Tuula Tenkanen (Finland) has 90. 

Maxime Jonker of the Netherlands is only a few points ahead in 7th whilst 6th place Vasileia Karachaliou, from Greece, has 74.  

Fellow British sailor Alison Young is 3rd overall with 57 and Georgina Povall is just outside the top 20 in 23rd. Clementine Thompson (Guernsey) is 63rd.  

Two more races will take place tomorrow and will decide who reaches the top 10 for Saturday's medal race. 

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