British sailors continue stellar form in Trofeo Princesa Sofia

British sailors continue stellar form in Trofeo Princesa Sofia
By Sportsbeat

05/04/2019 at 15:28

British sailors are in prime position to scoop several medals as the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta draws to a close in Palma.

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell continued to hold the lead in the 49ers class as they rounded off their three-race day with a win.

In the 49er FX, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey have maintained their bronze medal position, while Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre are just three points off the pace in the women's 470.

A brilliant last couple of days has seen Giles Scott reach second place in the Finn class, while Elliot Hanson's excellent day has him in third in the Laser gold fleet.

Scott commented: "I had a tricky day yesterday – I felt I was sailing well but I didn’t play the course well enough, and that was frustrating.

"Today was much better for me – I got the shifts right, got some good results and hopefully that will push me up the leaderboard.”

Luke Patience and Chris Grube, who have been dwelling in the upper echelons of the men's 470 class, rose to second after their two races today saw them outdo their rivals.

Despite a subpar day - by their standards - John Gimson and Anna Burnet have managed to hold second place in the Nacra 17 fleet, while fellow British competitiors Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface are now up to fourth.

Sailors must finish in the top 10 by the end of Friday to qualify for Saturday's medal races.

With a host of Brits in and around the required standard, it will be an intriguing day tomorrow to see if the Brits can scoop a host of medals come Saturday.

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