Beijing Olympic update on Exmouth sailing teams

PUBLISHED: 16:24 11 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

Monday, August 11 - THERE were testing times on the water for the Exmouth Team of sailors in Beijing with crews enduring mixed fortunes on the third day of the Olympic sailing regatta.

THERE were testing times on the water for the Exmouth Team of sailors in Beijing with crews enduring mixed fortunes on the third day of the Olympic sailing regatta.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, at the high performance dinghy event, took the overall lead for the 49er class race after the first day of racing but by day three (Monday) are struggling to find pace and are ninth overall.

They were also bothered by a snapped mainsheet and tar on their centreboard as they struggled to find pace with 14,15,15.

It was also tough opening day at the double handed dinghy event for the Team GB 470 pairings of Joe Glanfield, of Exmouth, and Nick Rogers who are 10th place after two races.

Stevie, whose father Phil runs an Exmouth boat building business with Spud Rowsell, said: "I guess our timing wasn't quite as good as it could have been in the boat together - we just seemed to struggle for a little yard of pace. I think that was the long and the short of it.

"We started pretty well - we gave ourselves a lot of options.

"If you looked at us 100 yards off the start in all the races we were next to people that went round the windward mark in the top five for most races, which is normally all we need to do.

"If we can be there off the start normally we'll be somewhere at the windward mark but today we didn't quite seem to convert that."

Joe, who ahs taken part in the previous two Olympics, said: "I always remember standing on the podium in Athens - It was a great feeling but I really wanted it to be our national anthem that was played, I really wanted to be stood at the top so that's the target now.

"I like to think I'm good at making decisions under pressure, and that's obviously important when the pressure's on at the Olympics."

You can follow the racing online at www.rya.org.uk/beijing2008 where you will get updates from the dinghy park and the results as they come in, as well as the news from the Team GB camp.

You can also leave messages of support for the team and your comments on the racing and Team GB's prospects.

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