Britons dominate leaderboard in Weymouth

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Windy Weymouth set some testing conditions for the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic regatta. Lifejackets were compulsory, racing for the high performance 49ers was abandoned, and the damage-prone Star boats were brought in after one race.

But a northerly wind occasionally hitting gale force suited the home competitors as Scott Giles and Ed Wright ended the day first and third in the Finn singlehander, 2008 gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, with two firsts and a second, lead the Star class, Nick Thompson is fourth in the Laser, Bryony Shaw is second in the windsurfer, and Nic Asher and Elliot Willis are third in the 470 dinghy.

More strong wind is forecast for the first half of tomorrow as organisers try to catch up for the 49ers, all the paralympic classes, and the women match racers.

In Cartagena, racing was abandoned on the first day of the final regatta of the Audi MedCup series as flukey wind and rain dominated proceedings.

In London tomorrow it is hoped that British America’s challenger Team Origin will confirm its inclusion in the upcoming Louis Vuitton World Series, starting in Nice in November.