Monday, August 18, 2008

Sailing: Peelo Finishes 20th


Today saw an earlier start for the Irish sailors still competing in Qingdao with the event organisers aiming to bring the racing back on schedule.
In the Laser Radial class Ciara Peelo took 25th in Race 5, 18th in Race 8 and 10th in Race 9 to finish 20th overall in the 2008 Olympic Regatta.
The Laser Radial Opening Series is concluded after just 9 races and only the top ten boats will compete in the Final Medal Race. Peelo at 20th failed to make it. During the Opening Series Peelo counted 23th, 17th, 15th, 7th, 13th, 24th, 18th, 10th and discarded a 25th as her lowest result.
In the Star class Peter O'Leary & Stephen Milne took 12th in Race 5, 13th in Race 6 and 7. With seven races now complete in the ten race Opening Series, O'Leary & Milne can discard 13th as their lowest result.
O’Leary & Milne are 14th overall with 60 points, just eight points behind Italy in 10th place. Sweden's Fredrik Loof & Anders Ekstrom currently lead the fleet with 23 points.
Three races remain to be sailed in the Opening Series before the top ten boats compete in the Final Medal Race on Thursday 21st Aug. In order to bring the racing schedule back on track the Star class will sail Race 8 tomorrow (Tues 19th Aug) on what was originally a rest or reserve day.

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