Peters and Sterritt set the pace at Miami World Cup

Peters and Sterritt set the pace at Miami World Cup
By Sportsbeat

30/01/2019 at 20:10Updated

James Peters and Fynn Sterritt came back with a flourish to top the 49er World Cup podium in Miami after the opening day.

The pair started slowly by accumulating 21 points from the first race but turned the tide to take just four points from the next two races to top the class after the first day of competition.

Skipper Peters, who narrowly missed out on a spot representing Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics, admitted to learning from his earlier mistakes to come roaring back into contention.

"The first race we were actually right up there for most of the race," said the Hayling Island born sailor.

"We just had a difficult situation on the last run with new breeze filling in from behind and it was hard to pick whether to go for it or stick to the breeze we had.

"Either way I think it would have been hard not to lose places but as it happens we did choose the wrong option.

"It was great to sail so well in the next two races after that. We sailed in much the same way in both races, getting ourselves clear of the large fleet and picking the shifts up the right-hand side."

Elsewhere, Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth topped the standings by winning the only race in the 49erFX class to edge out New Zealand's Olympic silver medallist Alex Maloney.

"It was a pretty long day, the wind was making it tricky for the race committee and the boys were slowing the schedule up for us," joked the Chichester-born Ainsworth.

"But finally when we got the go-ahead it took a while to get a race started due to the keenness of the fleet. Only one light and shifty race but it was good fun for us. It's nice to be racing again."

Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre are both inside the top ten in the 470 class, while fellow Olympic medallist Bryony Shaw was disqualified in the only Women's RS:X race.

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