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#STAR WORLDS HYERES – A seventh scored in race four of the Star World Championships today keeps Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in third overall. The Cork - Dublin combination maintained a strong position in a very fickle race on the Meditteranean coast to stay in overall contention, just a single place behind current World Champions Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada as the regatta reaches the half way point. Current Olympic Gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson still lead the 72-boat fleet.
Below an interesting video complete with pre-start Italian commentary from today's race.
Official results here but it looks like organisers are struggling with bandwidth issues. Top ten overall below. Tomorrow (Thursday) is a reserve day sailing resumes on Thursday.
#STAR WORLDS – Ireland's Peter O'Leary and David Burrows are third overall in the Star Worlds in Hyeres, France tonight having mastered light, shifty winds and notched up an impressive opening scoreline of 3, 4,12 in the 72-boat fleet that contains all their main rivals for an Olympic medal in 80 days time.
After the first two races O'Leary and Burrows lead with a third and a fourth for seven points, two ahead of Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who had a seventh and second for nine points.
But British sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson win of today's race three gives them the overall lead.
World leaders – the scoresheet after two races in Hyeres
After two days of very shifty weather, it finally decided to blow, with 20 knots, and more in the gusts. Nine boats didn't finished the race, and three masts were broken.
Stronger winds for the third race. Photos: Pierrick Contin
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson showed their superiority with the Poland's Mateusz Kusznierewiczof second. The Swedish hlemsman Fredrik Loof was third.
10 knots are expected for the first start at 12.00 noon on Tuesday.
After four days of racing at the Laser World Championships in Germany, Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club achieved Olympic qualification when he made the Gold fleet in Day four of the event.
Light winds were again prevailing today on day four of the Laser Standard Worlds at the Baltic Sea. In abating winds, two races were sailed, and Tom Slingsby AUS extended his lead with another race win to 9 points.
Espey scored 7, (29), 3, 20, 18, 17 ,22,19 to make the gold fleet. He now lies in 30th position overall and is second from nations who have not already qualified. By virtue of the fact there are only 6 unqualified nations in Gold fleet and there are 12 places on offer at this event Espey can be satisfied with a job well done.
Espey is the fourth Irish sailing campaign to qualify for Ireland. The other three teams Annalise Murphy (Laser Radial), Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (Star) and Belfast club mates Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern (49er) qualified at the World Championships in Perth, Australia in December 2011.
A further two campaigns, Gerbil Owens and Scot Flanigan (470) and Ross Hamilton in the Finn dinghy are also targeting Olympic qualification this month.
#OLYMPIC SAILING – A new sponsor is a further boost for the Irish Olympic Sailing team that says it can deliver an Olympic medal for Ireland in 80 days time. Providence Resources, the Irish oil and gas exploration and production company, is to sponsor the team.
A further three campaigns will be competing for Olympic qualification during May including Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan (470), James Espey (Laser) and Ross Hamilton (Finn)
The partnership was launched today in Dublin by Olympic Sailor Annalise Murphy and Providence Resources Chief Executive, Tony O’Reilly.
“Providence Resources are proud and delighted to sponsor the Irish Olympic Sailing Team ‘Genuine Prospects’ for 2012, including their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games. We believe they have “Genuine Prospects” for a medal, which would be great news for Ireland, and we encourage everybody to get behind the Irish Sailing Team” O'Reilly said on the Providence website this morning.
#OLYMPIC SAILING – Peter O'Leary and David Burrows finished fourth in today's medal race to finish Semaine Olympique Francaise in sixth overall at the windy Hyeres venue on the French riviera.
The Irish Olympic 49er pairing Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern finished 19th in a 56 strong fleet.
Next month will be a busy month for the Irish Olympic team team with several World Championship events being held in Europe. O'Leary and Burrows contest the Star worlds at the same French venue from May 5th.
The ISA expect at least one more campaign from the 470, Laser and Finn to qualify for London during the month.
There are only eight regattas before the Olympic regatta and the ISA is expecting six medal race finishes and two medals as a sign that the team is on track to deliver in Weymouth. One of those medal race finishes was achieved today.
Olympic hopefuls Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan also competed in Hyeres this week. The 470 was the only class to get all races sailed and the Irish pairing finished 34th out of the 82 strong fleet. Their next target is Olympic qualification at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona from 07-19 May.
In the Paralympic Sonar class John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costelloe from Kinsale who will be participating in his 10th Paralympic Games at the end of August in Weymouth finished 10th in Hyeres.
#OLYMPIC SAILING – A 4, 10 and 11 gives Ireland's Star sailors Peter O'Leary and David Burrows fifth overall, six points behind Germany's Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy after three races sailed at the Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères yesterday.
It was a breeze lovers day in Hyères and a long second day on the water for 13 competing Olympic classes.
A point behind The Irish pair in the 25-boat class is Frederick Loof and Max Salminen of Sweden who although counting a 1 and 2 are relegated to sixth with a black flag penalty in the opening race.
Race management issues yesterday forced long delays before the Star's second race yesterday and when it finally did get underway it had to be abandoned due to a drifting windward mark.
Another Irish sailor Dun Laoghaire's Anthony Shanks who is sailing with Britian's John Gimson lie 12th overall.
O'Leary and Burrows, the Irish Olympic pairing who qualified for the London Olympics last December in Perth reiterated their medal aims for Weymouth this summer at a pre-Hyeres interview.
Meanwhile, in the 49er class yesterday Ireland's Ryan Seaton and MattMcGovern, who are also Olympic qualified, counted 14,13,7 in 16-18-knots of breeze and lie 20th from 50 starters.
Ireland's other Olympic qualified sailor Annalise Murphy is not sailing in Hyeres in spite of the presence of some of her arch rivals for Weymouth Evi Van Acker of Belgium and Marit Boumeester of Holland lying third and fourth. Britain's Alison Young is leading the 80-boat fleet.
There are under 100 days to go and nine regattas before the Olympic regatta in July. Irish team officials say they are expecting six medal race finishes and two medals in the run-up to July as a sign that the team is on track to deliver its Weymouth promise of a place on the podium.
#FFVoileEvt – Olympic class racing was scrubbed in Hyères, France for Ireland's Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in the Star class yesterday as a strong local Mistral wind blew away any chance of competition in the fragile keelboat class. Others classes got afloat however and there was plenty of Mediterranean capsizes.
The 49ers got out for one race where only 11 boats managed to finish. Ireland's Olympic qualified Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern got across the line with only seconds to spare. Semaine Olympique Francaise, the French Olympic Sailing Week continues all this week.
#OLYMPIC SAILING – Ireland is on course for an Olympic sailing medal in London according to yesterday's Irish Sailing Association Olympic briefing. The sailing team will be 'on the podium' this summer according to the 'vision' unveiled by team manager James O'Callaghan. All three qualified crew for the Weymouth regatta in 100 days time were at the event held in Jury's hotel, Dublin. O'Callaghan says that the there are nine events left before the Olympics and to be on target for a medal the team, Annalise Murphy, Peter O'Leary and David Burrows and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern will need to take six medal race finishes and two medals from these warm up events to stay on target. The ISA also expect at least one more boat to qualify for the Games (from a possible three still campaigning) at next month's final qualification events. Irish Times Sailing Columnist David O'Brien has more on the story this morning here.
Although there is little likelihood that any of the five Irish boats sailing in the Olympic classes regatta at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia ISAF World Cup in the Bay of Palma, Mallorca will feature in the medal races on Saturday at least one Irish sailor moved closer to securing his Olympic dream.
The absence of both London qualiffied boats (Laser radial and 49er) from tomorrow's medal race will be a disappointing outcome after several days of tricky light conditions.
With only 100 days to go to the Olympic regatta itself three Irish boats are still attemtping to qualify and with respect to this goal there was some good progress made by James Espey in the Laser class who finished top 10 in 4 of the 8 races so far leaving him lying 21st in the 138 strong fleet. This is Espey's last event before the Laser World Championships in Germany in May which is his last chance of qualifying for the Olympics.
Other Irish campaigns hoping to qualify include 470 sailors Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan who made the Gold Fleet lying 43 in the 93 strong fleet in Palma and Finn sailor Ross Hamilton who is lying 49th out of 57.
It was a poor regatta for Laser radial sailor Annalise Murphy who qualified for the Olympics in Perth in December 2011. After a run of successful results over the last 13 month period, and after a long period of training at the Mallorcan site, Annalise did not reach top form in the challenging conditions.
In the 49er class Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern had great starts in the 12 races completed so far with a number of top 10 finishes.
Usually known for their strong wind skills, the Australians are performing well in the light conditions and are leading three classes. While Tom Burton is keeping a narrow lead in the strong Laser fleet from British Paul Goodison and Nick Thompson, the Australians have also claimed top positions in both 470 classes.
Friday will see the last chances for sailors to select for the Medal race and the semi finals in the Women Match-Racing.
Top three by class
1. Mathew Belcher / Malcolm Page, AUS, 33
2. Lucas Calabrese / Juan de la Fuente, ARG, 40
3. Sam Kivell / Will Ryan, AUS, 42
1. Elise Rechichi / Belinda Stowell, AUS, 53
2. Emmanuelle Rol / Helene Defrance, FRA, 54
3. Ai Kondo / Wakako Tabata, Japan, 61
1. Jonas Warrer / Soren Hansen, DEN, 70
2. John Pink / Rick Peacock, GBR, 80
3. Manu Dyen / Stephane Christidis, FRA, 83
1. Thierry Schmitter, NED, 9
2. Helena Lucas, GBR, 23
3. Barend Kol, NED, 32
1. Alicia Cebrian, ESP, 27
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 33
3. Evo Van Acker, BEL, 37
1. Tom Burton, AUS, 36
2. Paul Goodison, GBR, 38
3. Nick Thompson, GBR, 38
1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 10
2. Zach Railey, USA, 33
3. Daniel Birgmark, SWE, 35
1. Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson, GBR, 40
2. Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, BRA, 48
3. Hamish Pepper / Jim Turner, NZL, 49
Olympic Laser sailor James Espey who seeks a final shot at Olympic qualification next month in the single handed Laser is in the top 20 at the Trofeo Princesa Sofa MAPFRE after mastering another day of light, tricky conditions. The Belfast lough sailor lies in 18th place after four races sailed on the Bay of Palma, Mallorca. He scored a 10 and a 23 yesterday putting him only three points off a top ten position overall.
Espey missed out on qualification last December after a penalty at the world championships in Perth. His next qualification chance is next month at the German based World championships.
London qualified 49er pairing Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have dropped back to 32 in their 76 boat fleet. The Belfast lough pairing scored a 32 and 12.
They scored a 'personal best' performance and eighth overall in the world championships in December and since then have been traveling the world in intensive training for the London Games now only 100 days away.
World #5, David Evans and Edward Powys (GBR) have added two more bullets to their score to take the lead in the 49er class: " Our objective is to be top 3 and first British. Racing was tricky today with different pressure over the course so we are happy with our results so far." They are on equal points with Danish Jonas Warrer and Soren Hansen.
Early leader Peter Krüger Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell (DEN) suffered from the day's difficult conditions to fall from first to 15th.
For both top teams these results mean a lot as Palma is playing a role in their Olympic selection. The Trofeo Sofia Mapfre is one of a series of observation events for the British but for the Dane, good results could mean a ticket for London.
Things have not improved for Dun Laoghaire medal prospect Annalise Murphy who was in 49th place out of 89 starters in the Laser Radial fleet after a day one. She dropped back further yesterday to 75th when she scored a DNF and an OCS.
The 22-year old is ranked fourth in the world and will be hoping to boost results in the rest of the regatta this week.
Two other Irish boats are still seeking the Olympic standard but yesterday's fickle sailing conditions brought little in the way of progress to Weymouth.
Gerbil Owens and Scott Flannigan scored a 14 and 22 to move up to 47th out of 92 in the mens 470, a class in which Owens has represented Ireland at two Olympics. The Dun Laoghaire and Howth campaign's last chance for selection is at the 470 World Championships next month.
Ross Hamilton in the single handed Finn is 40th from 57.
Top three by class
1. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 16 points
2. Alicia Cebrian, ESP, 16
3. Sarah Steyaert, FRA, 20
1. Simon Grotelueschen, GER, 19
2. Tom Burton, AUS, 21
3. Nick Thompson, GBR, 25
1. Pierre Leboucher / Vincent Garos, FRA, 18
2. Alvaro Marinho / Miguel Nunes, POR, 20
3. Panagiotis Kampouridis / Efstathios Papadopoulos, GRE, 21
1. Sophie Weguelin / Sophie Ainsworth, GBR, 24
2. Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Jolanta Ogar, POL, 28
3. Emmanuelle Rol / Helene Defrance, FRA, 29
1. David Evans / Edward Powys, GBR, 19
2. Jonas Warrer / Soren Hansen, DEN, 19
3. Charlie Enlund Ekberg / Kalle Torlen, SWE, 27
1. Thierry Schmitter, NED, 13
2. Helena Lucas, GBR, 14
3. Bjornar Erikstad, NOR, 16
1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 13
2. Daniel Birgmark, SWE, 17
3. Jonas Hogh-Christensen, DEN, 23
1. Hamish Pepper / Jim Turner, NZL, 25
2. Fernando Echavarri / Fernando Rodriguez Rivero, ESP, 28
3. Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson, GBR, 29