Monday, 30 July 2012

Banana skin day for Britain's sailors

Whether its the pressure of competing at home or first night-ish nerves, the results from Weymouth read a bit like the National Lottery for the British team with few sailors lucky enough to pick single figure tickets.

They came off the water at the end of racing with no excuses but saying there was no need to panic. Stevie Morrison likened racing in the 49er today to playing Super Mario with too many banana skins and not enough mushrooms. We know what he meant because the windshifts are making this regatta a bit of a lottery.

He and Ben Rhodes posted two twelfth places in the 49ers, Paul Goodison a 10th and 23rd, Alison Young 7th and 10th in the Laser Radials and even Ben Ainslie caught the lag bug that seems to be virulent among Team GB when he came sixth in the opening race today....four places behind the great Dane.

But lets not panic as they all said. There is a long way to go and no one seems to be alarmed. Xabi Fernandez, the Spanish 49er sailor who has had just a few weeks to prepare after spending the past nine months with Iker Martinez campaigning Telefonica in the Volvo Ocean race said the British 49er team just had a bad day.
Alison Young: 

"It was a difficult day and they had two bad races but I feel sure they will be OK," he said, having posted a 15th and a sixth for Spain.

Morrison himself put it down to making decisions that didn't work out.

"We were disappointed with the last race because we had a good start and got into the race well but we were in the middle of the course when the wind shifted and we made our decisions but they didn't work out the right way," he said.

"There are 16 races so there is a long way to go and it is a game of averages. No reason why we shouldn't lower the averages as the regatta goes on.we just have to be patient, stay calm and carry on."

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