Pavlos Kontides (CYP) headed into the fourth day of Laser sailing with a small lead, but after his worst day, a bullet by Tom Slingsby saw the Australian take the lead
The class began the day on the Nothe spectator course, with Slingsby having a tough race, eventually finishing 15th. The five-time World Champion regrouped and bounced back in race eight on Portland Harbour in style, winning the race and opening up a five point lead over Kontides.
"After the first race I had that sinking feeling, I just wasn't sailing too well and my confidence was down. I just had to reset my mind and know that if I do get away I'll be hard to catch so I was really happy in the last one to get off the line and get a good race,"
said Slingsby. "For me it was a personal victory, it felt like I broke the trend a bit, I felt like I was getting a lot of bad results and now I'm confident heading into tomorrow.
"I wanted to get back in yellow today, after that second race I feel confident but I really need a good day tomorrow as I don't have a drop up my sleeve anymore, I've got to be really careful,"
he said. "Tomorrow we get back in the waves and hopefully I can find a little speed edge."
Kontides was disappointed with his day after a 12th in Race 7 and a seventh in Race 8 but he has reason to be happy as he is 12 points ahead of Tonci Stipanovic in third, "I came here with the goal to win a medal, but how things have developed I still have a chance of gold. I have also made my discard, but it is not so bad if you see the results of others. From all the leaders, it's the smallest discard."
Lasers resume racing at 12:00 local time tomorrow on the Weymouth Bay West course.
1. Tom Slingsby (AUS) - 23pts
2. Pavlos Kontides (CYP) - 28pts
3. Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) - 40pts
4. Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) - 48pts
5. Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA) - 53pts
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