Annalise Murphy remains in lead

    Having already qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics following an outstanding days sailing yesterday, Annalise Murphy sailed a further three races today in Perth for the ISAF World Sailing Championships. While not quite as spectacular today she continued to maintain her position at the top of the 102 woman fleet, finishing 37th, 17th and 4th respectively. She now lies in 5th overall with a further day of racing before the top ten competitors progress through to the medal race on Sunday the 11th of December.

    ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan remarked on today’s performance “ It was tricky out there today most people in the top 10 scored badly in one of the races. Annalise did well to recover to 17th in race two and it was good to finish with another top 5”.

    In other classes, Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan are currently lying in 34th position in the Gold fleet of the 470 class. They can still qualify Ireland for the Olympics as the top 19 nations will secure a place. They will continue racing until Saturday, with the top 10 then proceeding to the medal race on Sunday.

    Ross Hamilton in the Finn is in 65th position and will unfortunately not qualify Ireland for the Olympics at this event however he will have one more opportunity at the Finn World Championships next year.

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