HIGHS AND LOWS FOR HAMPSHIRE SAILORS IN WEYMOUTH SWC
There were highs and lows for Hampshire sailors racing down in Weymouth and Portland at the ISAF World Cup today (Saturday).
The best news is that Southampton's 2.4 meter sailor Helena Lucas has won the gold medal for her class after she won all six races in her category,
Nacra 17 team-mates John Gimson and Hannah Diamond have also put themselves in a good position for Sunday's medal race. They finished in the top 5 in three of today's four races.
The Women's 470 crew of Anna Carpenter (Hamble) and Amy Seabright (Weymouth) put up an incredible fight in their category as they fought back from 20th overall to finish an agonisingly close 10 points off the top 10.
Lymington's Hannah Snellgrove performed a similar feat in the Laser Radial category as she moved up from 19th to 13th on the final day.
Elsewhere, Ed Wright (Bournemouth) is through to the Medal Race for the Finn class. Nick Thompson (Lymington) just about qualified for the Laser medal race in 10th place after another disappointing day on the water for him.
2.4 Meter ISAF Weymouth World Cup Gold Medalist Helena Lucas
The posted video report includes race footage of Lucas racing in the 2.4 Meter event as well as interviews with Lucas, Gimson/Diamond, Carpenter/Seabright and Snellgrove.
13th June 2015 - Alex Barnes
DAY 5 RACING ABANDONED IN WEYMOUTH DUE TO LOW WINDS
Racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup was abandoned in Weymouth & Portland today after wind speeds dropped to as low as one knot.
The Men's crews went out in the morning as scheduled with enough of a breeze for the 470 fleet to complete a very slow first race.
The 49er fleet also attempted a race but that was abandoned as the crews completed the first lap.
With winds speeds dropping off completely, the racing was eventually abandoned and the crews returned to the shore.
The Ladies races were postponed until later in the day but the crews did eventually take to the water, only to be sent back again when it was clear that there would not be enough wind.
Race footage and interviews with Lymington's Nick Thompson and Chloe Martin are available in the posted video.
12th June 2015 - Alex Barnes
WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND WORLD CUP RACE DAY 2 RESULTS
There have been positive and disappointing results for Hampshire and Dorset's sailors who are competing at the ISAF World Cup in Weymouth and Portland.
Race Day 2 of the competition saw good or improved results for Poole's Lucy MacGregor (Nacra 17 with David Evans), Southampton's John Gimson and Hannah Diamond (Nacra 17), Edward Wright (Bournemouth) and Anna Carpenter (Southampton) with 470 team-mate Amy Seabright. You can view footage of all those crews in the posted video.
Lymington's Nick Thompson had a frustrating second day on the water. He finished in 17th and 23rd (discarded), dropping him down to 9th place.
Laser Radial sailors Chloe Martin and Hannah Snellgrove also had a tough day on the water. Snellgrove improved slightly to move up to 19th place, while Martin dropped down to 25th.
Southampton's Helena Lucas took two more wins in the 2.4 meter class to extend her lead at the top by 3 points.
Fareham's John Pink and his 49er team-mate Stuart Bithell finished 8th, 11th and 14th to put them in 5th place overall.
11th June 2015 - Alex Barnes
LYMINGTON SAILORS HAVE MIXED RESULTS IN WEYMOUTH
Lymington's Laser sailors have ended the first days racing at the ISAF World Cup in Weymouth & Portland with mixed results.
An "uncommon" north eastern breeze blew through the race courses to give the competitors some exciting racing on the opening day.
Laser sailor Nick Thompson had a 'solid' start to his campaign with a second place in race one and a third place in race two to put him in second overall behind Andy Maloney of New Zealand.
Laser Radial sailors Hannah Snellgrove and Chloe Martin were then unlucky not to have better results during their races.
Snellgrove was disqualified along with three other sailors for being over the start line within a minute of the race start. Martin had a good first race, but capsized in the second and had to play catch up for the remainder.
In other local results, Southampton's Helena Lucas won both her races in the 2.4 meter class to put at the top of the overall table.
However Anna Carpenter (also from Southampton) and her helm Amy Seabright were just outside the top twenty in the Women's 470.
Fareham's John Pink and team-mate Stuart Bithell had an 8th, a 3rd and a 9th in the morning to put them fifth overall after the first days racing for the 49er category.
Bournemouth based Finn sailor Edward Wright struggled in the first race to finish 19th but battled his way back up to 3rd in race two to put him in 12th overall.
The all Southampton Nacra 17 team of John Gimson and Hannah Diamond are fourth overall after they finished in 12th (discarded), 4th and 6th. Poole's Lucy MacGregor and team-mate David Evans are down in 8th despite winning the first race in the class.
Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow (Thursday 11th).
10th June 2015 - Alex Barnes
LOCAL SAILORS PREPARE FOR ISAF WORLD CUP IN WEYMOUTH
Local Hampshire and Dorset based sailors representing the British Sailing Team are among competitors who are preparing for this week's ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth and Portland.
Sailors from Lymington, Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole are all scheduled to begin racing on Wednesday in various different classes.
Nacra 17 sailor Lucy MacGregor from Poole will be racing alongside David Evans in two days time but she took some time out to answer questions about the week ahead.
You can watch that interview in the posted video, along with footage of crews getting ready for the competition, including Southampton's Anna Carpenter (Women's 470 class) who went out training with helm Amy Seabright.
Lymington Town Sailing Club's Hannah Snellgrove and Chloe Martin will be racing in the Laser Radial competition.
8th June 2015 - Alex Barnes