Exe sailor still in hunt for gold
PUBLISHED: 17:38 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010
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JOE Glanfield will enjoy his rest day today (Thursday) as he and team-mate Nick Rogers take a break after three days of racing that has seen them stay in the hunt for honours in their 470 class boat at the Olympics, writes Stephen Birley.
JOE Glanfield will enjoy his rest day today (Thursday) as he and team-mate Nick Rogers take a break after three days of racing that has seen them stay in the hunt for honours in their 470 class boat at the Olympics, writes Stephen Birley. After the third day of racing, the pair sat in the bronze medal position following some consistent sailing that had seen them finish fifth, firsst, fourth, ninth and sixth to put them third, just two points adrift of the French pairing who were in the silver medal berth with the Australians in first place.Glanfield and Rogers race again tomorrow (Friday), Saturday and, finally, on Monday, when their fate will be determined.That Monday race is the 'medal race' which sees the top 10 crews sail on the final day of racing prior to the handing out of the medals. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes certainly tasted the highs and lows of Olympic competition over the first two days of racing in the 49er class. The reigning world champions made a superb start with finishes in the first five in all three of the opening day's races. Finishes of fourth, third and fifth put them into the gold medal position at the end of the first day, but the following day they had a miserable time, finishing in 14th, 15th and 15th place to drop to ninth in the listings. Mind you, they also had to cope with a snapped mainsheet and tar on their centreboard. One of those 15th places they can 'discount' in the final reckonings, but clearly there is work to be done if they are to realise their Olympic dream. Talking of the day two disappointment, Morrison 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 who 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." The pair made a disastrous start in the opening race on day three after being 'on course side of the starting line', but recovered superbly to claim two first three berths and that pushed them up one place overall into eighth, where they sit 28 points worse off than the Italian crew who are in third. The Australian boat leads with 49 points after nine races. The 49er racing concludes with races today (Thursday), tomorrow and finally on Sunday when the medal race will be staged.EXE Sailing Club's Alex Horlock and Tim Pearce sailed superbly to finish 5th overall in the World Cadet Championships that took place in Medemblik, Holland.What's more there was 'double delight' for the local sailing club as Tom Kinver and Jamie Proffitt managed to join Horlock and Pearce in the top ten, finishing 8th.There were Cadets, together with their helms, crews and support parties, from 14 countries around the world who took part in the week-long event.The weather was hot and thundery with significant wind for most of the week. The racing was organised into two fleets, the Worlds fleet and the Promotional fleet. In the Worlds fleet, teams of up to seven boats represented each country. In this, the principal competition, Great Britain fielded a full 7 boat team which included Excelerator, sailed by Horlock and Pearce, and Cyclone which had Kinver and Profitt on board.A total of 82 boats sailed in this fleet. In the Promotional fleet anyone could enter and the fleet of 100 boats was dominated by 60 Cadets from the UK, including a further 2 from Exe Sailing Club with Emily and Katie Kinver sailing Inspiration and Dom Langdon and Brad McBride sailing Thriller.The first day's racing saw the wind calm, Horlock and Pearce were 11th and Kinver and Proffitt 28th. As the week progressed, the strong but shifty winds and the steep waves took their toll on all but the most experienced competitors. Race 5 was sailed in a F6 and was a great race for the GB team with 4 boats in the top 8, including Kinver (4th) and Horlock (6th). Race 10 was off less than 2 minutes before the last possible start time and saw much changing of positions. Horlock and Pearce battled hard but a rule infringement and resulting 720 degree penalty turn left them back in 18th place in the last race but a splendid 5th overall. Kinver sailed well in the second half of the regatta to pull himself and his crew up to 8th overall. GB won the team prize with 4 boats in the top 10 overall.This was an outstanding result for the 2 Exmouth boats and represents the culmination of many years' hard work. Both Kinver and Horlock now move on to race other, larger and faster boats.In the Promotional Fleet, the Kinver girls sailed an exceptional series that contained 2 individual race 2nd places and enabled them to finish in 13th place overall. Langdon sailing with McBride for the first time also had some excellent individual race results and finished in 22nd overall.