Morrison and Rhodes latest - ‘Focus is on winning an Olympic medal’.

20:16 05 August 2012

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 49er action in the 2012 Olympics

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in 49er action in the 2012 Olympics


Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes head into the final two series races of their London 2012 regatta at Weymouth and Portland on Monday (August 6) looking to tighten their grip on the bronze medal.

The Exmouth pair currently sit in bronze medal position following scores of 13th and third from their two races today.

Morrison and Rhodes hold a small three point advantage over Portugal’s Bernardo Freitas and Francisco Rebello De Andrade in fourth place, but the Brits can’t now catch Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) for the silver medal. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) hold an almost unassailable lead in the chase for gold.

The 49er class has the most series races – 15 – before their double points’ medal race, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday (August, 8) at 1pm.

Morrison said: “We had a great start in the first race but it was patchy wind and we thought we were doing the right things, we were perfectly happy with what we did in the first race but a band of wind filled in and we were on the wrong side of a shift. We were happy with how we executed our plan it just didn’t quite happen to be the right thing but I don’t think we could have done anything different.

“The second race we did exactly the same thing and there wasn’t a random gust from the right, it did come from the left as we had predicted. We had a good solid windward mark rounding and we’re going fast. We’re always confident, we’re sailing well, we’re making life really hard for ourselves but we’ll keep going, we want it more than anything and we think we’ve got the skills and the equipment to do it. We just need to put in a really solid day tomorrow and make sure when we’ve finished tomorrow we’ve still got a chance to win a medal.”

The 49ers are scheduled to resume at 3pm tomorrow (Monday, August 6) on the Nothe spectator course.


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:30
Proud staff at Lewis Pharmacy who recently won three awards. Ref exe 1033-41-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

An Exmouth pharmacy is celebrating after completing a hat-trick of national awards.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
County Hall in Exeter.

A lethal mixture of alcohol and medication caused the death of a Budleigh Salterton pensioner, an inquest heard.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:20

Police are appealing for information after a silver Jaguar car was scratched while parked overnight in Brixington.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Mark Paver and sister Nikki will be taking on the commando challenge for charity

A Budleigh Salterton man, who suffers pain all over his body, is taking on a gruelling assault course for one last challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Police are appealing for information following the theft of marine equipment worth £900, between Sunday, August 30, and Saturday, October 3.

Read more
Thu, 16:30
Exeter Magistrates' Court

A mother has been banned from driving after she took her 10-year-old twins shopping when she was two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit.

Read more
Thu, 12:30
DJ's Cafe on the seafront in Exmouth. Ref exe 4318-40-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A seafront business owner, who believed he could trade ‘for the foreseeable future’, was shocked to find his café boarded up without warning by district bosses.

Read more
Thu, 11:37

A man has been found safe following an overnight search in Exmouth.

Read more
Thu, 10:00

A gang of cunning professional thieves has been jailed after a sharp-eyed Exmouth B&Q cashier caught them red-handed.

Read more
Thu, 06:30
Crwods gathered to view the Rolle proposal plans at the Ocean suite on Saturday.  Ref exe 2692-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hundreds of Exmouth residents have turned out to have their say about the future of the Rolle College site.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Exmouth

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Find planning applications