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Sailing: Star display from O'Leary grabs lead

Published 12/08/2010 | 05:00

Beijing Olympics veteran Peter O'Leary took the overall lead of the Star class at the Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth yesterday as perfect racing conditions returned to the venue for most of the day, writes James Hall.

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Sailing with German Frithjof Kleen, who is standing in for David Burrows as crew, the Irish boat scored a third place followed by fifth and sixth places in the subsequent races.

The Star class course is located almost eight miles from the shore base and the 36 crews spent eight hours at sea yesterday.

Ireland's Laser Radial women also had a long day at sea but only managed one race due to frequent delays and restarts on their course off Weymouth town quay.

Following her second place and race win on Tuesday, Annalise Murphy scored a 14th place yesterday as winds dropped to near calm conditions.

The result consolidated her top-10 place at eighth overall and easily inside qualification for the Gold fleet racing that begins today.

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er Skiff class also secured a place in their Gold fleet following two 12th places in their flight yesterday.

Racing continues at the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue until Saturday's medal races for the leading 10 in each class.

Irish Independent

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