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Murphy Gets off to Mid Fleet Start in Weymouth

6th August 2011
Murphy Gets off to Mid Fleet Start in Weymouth
Ireland's aim of a medal at the Olympic test event got off to a shaky start in Weymouth yesterday when the first of Ireland's six teams took to the water. Annalise Murphy posted a 22 and a 15 to place 18th overall in her 49-boat Laser radial fleet.

After a season of success for Murphy, Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in the Star keelboat and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er dinghy, the hope is that these medal results can be repeated in the smaller fleets of the Olympic test event itself, where only one boat per country is competing.

Ireland is also represented in Weymouth this morning by double Olympian Ger Owens and Scott Flannigan in the 470 dinghy, Ross Hamilton in the Finn and James Espey in the Laser.

Evi Van Acker (BEL) leads the Laser Radial fleet on seven points after recording a card of 3-4. The World #1 Belgian leads Marit Bouwmeester (NED) by five points after the Dutch girl came ninth in Race 1 and third in Race 2. Throughout the ISAF Sailing World Cup there was little separating Van Acker and Bouwmeester as the Dutch girl pipped the Belgian to the Laser Radial title by one point. With plenty of racing remaining the battle between the two is sure to continue.

Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) won the first race of the day in a tight battle with Charlotte Dobson (GBR) and Van Acker (BEL) which saw just five seconds separate the top three. The Belarusian is ninth on 24 points. The second race win went to Finland's Sari Multala who is seventh on 20 points.

Today sees the start of fleet racing for the 49er, Star and Finn fleets as well as the continuation of the Men's and Women's RS:X, Men's and Women's 470, Laser and Laser Radial.

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