Young Shows No Sign Of Nerves
1:47pm 31st July 2012
Bewdley sailor Alison Young enjoyed an encouraging start to her Olympic career as she ended her first ever day of Games competition placed in ninth overall on day two of the Olympic Regatta at Weymouth and Portland. (Monday 30 July).
Young, 25, described by RYA Olympic Manager, Stephen Park, as being potentially the "dark horse of this Olympic Games", posted consistent, safe opening scores of seventh and 10th from her first two races.
The Wolverhampton-born sailor, who honed her talents on the waters at Trimpley Sailing Club, showed no sign of nerves as she determinedly forced her way through the fleet from ninth to seventh in race one. In race two she battled back from being 18th at the first mark to again climb up through the fleet to take 10th spot.
With eight races plus a final double points medal race to come, Young admitted she was satisfied with her first day's work.
She said: "It was a solid start, and something to build on for the rest of the week. The racing was pretty tight, it was pretty shifty on the racecourse so you had to keep your head out of the boat. It was tight all the way around.
"We were always pretty close in a group. The Irish girl had a pretty good day, but everyone else was kind of mixing it around. I'll just try and keep it steady heading into tomorrow, build on today, and keep trying to improve during the week."
The Laser Radial class is scheduled to resume at 12pm tomorrow (Tuesday 31 July) with one race on the spectator Nothe course before heading on the Portland Harbour course for their second race of the day (race four in total).
The Olympic Sailing Regatta runs from Sunday 29 July - Saturday 11 August. The Laser Radial medal race is scheduled for Monday 6 August (1pm).
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