SOUTH COAST SAILORS AT WORLD LASER RADIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hannah Snellgrove (Lymington) is currently competing at the World Laser Radial Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands alongside Gosport’s Ben Elvin at the Royal Yacht Club Hollandia.

Snellgrove (pictured) was up in 14th place yesterday amongst the world’s best. 

However disappointing results today have seen her drop down to 26th, just a handful of places behind fellow Brit Georgina Povall.

Elvin, racing in the men’s radial category, is placed comfortably inside the top 20 after a week of racing and is the highest placed British representative in his field by some distance.

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Snellgrove, who has recently returned to regular sailing training and is trying to compete as much as possible, has had some good results to put her well inside the top 30 out of 100 entries.

In the qualifying series, Snellgrove finished her third race of the series in 6th place but she also had two further top 10 results later in the competition. A ninth place in race six was a strong result although she would then post a series best of 5th for the following race.

A tenth place finish in the race after that left her inside the top 15 before today’s gold fleet races, where a 38th and a DNF forced her down the order to 26th overall.

The three-time British champion could potentially still move back into the top 15 with a good performance in the final two races, which will be raced by both the silver and gold fleet (according to the notice of race) but she is 30 points adrift and will need some results to go her way. 

In the women’s category, Povall is 23rd and sits as the highest British sailor in the standings. Alison Young has taken a race win in the series but does appear to be off her usual pace and is languishing down in 33rd overall.

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Rheanna Pavey is 7th overall in the silver fleet whilst Alice Woodings Hyde is 15th but she did produce a brilliant third place finish in the fourth qualifying race of the series.

Clementine Thompson is 27th in the silver fleet ahead of Ellie Cumpsty who is 29th.

In the men’s category, Elvin has had a consistent competition so far. He recorded a series best result of sixth in the seventh race of the week as well as an 11th in the second. He has kept the majority of his scores below 30 and sits in 18th with 147 points.

The next British sailor for the men is Daniel Wigmore who is currently 61st but he only completed the first four races. 

25th August 2017 - Alex Barnes