Canadian Paul TINGLEY led the way on day one in the 2.4 Metre fleet, scoring two bullets in the opening races of the Paralympic Sailing Competition.
There were some murmurs that Paul TINGLEY
(CAN) could be competitive in Qingdao and today, in a superb southeasterly sea breeze of 7-9 knots on wavy seas, the Canadian could do no wrong and it was a case of "catch me if you can".
"We had a postponement, but it filled in in the end. It turned out to be a perfect day for sailing,"
TINGLEY won race one cleanly, but race two was a cliff-hanger, with Sydney Paralympic gold medallist Heiko KRÖGER
(GER) and Athens bronze medallist Thierry SCHMITTER
(NED) right on his hammer - there was nothing in it.
"Today my strategy was to stay out of trouble, sail my own race and keep moving forward,"
KROGER was surprised to find the Canadian in front of him in the final stages of race two. "I was leading most of the way, but Paul TINGLEY overtaking me on the last lap surprised me. It's okay though. It's a long series and my strategy is to play it safe,"
The German sailor is currently second overall after scoring solid 3, 2 results while SCHMITTER is fourth placed, but on equal points with John RUF
(USA), who opened his day with a second place, and Athens gold medallist Damien SEGUIN
(FRA), who also put in a solid day with a pair of fourth places.
Due to start at 13:00 hours, racing was initially delayed while race officials waited for the breeze change, so did not get underway until after 15:00.
Competition continues from 12:00 hours tomorrow, weather dependant, with a further three races planned.
Results - click here
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