#paralympic – It was a very frustrating day on the water at the Paralympics in Weymouth for the Irish crew of John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello who were positioned in the top three and lost five places on the last leg to the finish in the three-person Sonar keelboat class.
The Irish sailors at the Paralympic Games are now tenth overall after placing 8th and 11th in the two races of the day.
'We sailed much better than our results show today and we're determined to improve tomorrow', Twomey said after racing.
Conditions remained consistent across the Portland Harbour course with west south westerly winds of between 10-12 knots and gusts of up to 15 knots. The trio got off to a solid start in Race 3 maintaining their position towards the top of the fleet throughout the race.
They had climbed to 3rd by the final leg but exasperatingly slipped five places at the last minute to finish in 8th. They had a more difficult start to Race 4 rounding the first mark in 11th. Fluctuating between 12th and 10th for the duration of the race, the Irish sailors finished in 11th overall.
There are a further seven races left to sail.