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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Second for Ainslie but problems upwind??

Ben Ainslie made a great start to his Olympics with a second to Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the first Finn race but boy....his upwind speeds will be a cause for concern.

No doubting who rules the waves downwind but in the fresher breeze - gusting 18 knots - he consistently loses places when they beat into the wind.

On board footage shows exactly how demanding Finn racing is since the introduction of free pumping so lets hope he can continue to meet the physical challenges over the next six days.

He did fine at Sail for Gold in June where some days we had 25 knots though he needed plenty plenty help from the RYA masseur. At the end of racing each day, he was utterly exhausted while Giles Scott who beat him, was fresh as a daisy.

Scott isn't here - anyone know what he is doing this week?? - though his brother is and the masseur is also on hand thankfully because Ainslie is gonna need 'im if the breeze continues to build, as forecast.

Difficult to see the Dane keeping up this pace - at the Test event last year, he finished 8th then 12th at SFG last month.

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