Fletcher-Scott aims to build on lead

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  • Flying high: Fletcher-Scott holds a two-point advantage over compatriot Greenhalgh, the defending champion

    Flying high: Fletcher-Scott holds a two-point advantage over compatriot Greenhalgh, the defending champion

Dylan Fletcher-Scott will look to put more distance between himself and the chasing pack when the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta resumes today in the Great Sound.

The British sailor holds a two-point advantage over compatriot Rob Greenhalgh, the defending champion, at the top of the leaderboard after four races.

Day one leader Rory Fitzpatrick, of Ireland, sits in third a further nine-points adrift of Greenhalgh, who came from behind to win last year’s inaugural MS Amlin Moth Regatta.

Fletcher-Scott, who represented England in the double-handed 49er Class at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, replaced Fitzpatrick at the top of the standings after posting back-to-back bullets in the third and fourth races.

“I’m really happy to come away with two bullets, it was wicked fun,” he said.

“I’m keeping it clean and sailing smart.”

The 28-year-old’s victory bid was put on hold yesterday after racing was postponed because of strong 22-26 knot winds with gusts up to 40 knots.

“We canned it, it was far too much breeze and we can’t afford any breakages because we’ve got to get a lot of races in now to complete the series,” Andy Cox, the regatta chairman, said.

It was the second time the race committee has postponed racing because of strong winds as Sunday’s opening race day suffered the same fate.

The moderate 12 to 18 knots forecast for today will provide the 52-strong racing fleet with ideal foiling conditions.

“The forecast looks good tomorrow [today] so we’ve brought sailing forward half an hour with a 10:25 warning signal and 10:30 start and we’ll try and knock out four races,” Cox, the past Royal Bermuda Yacht Club commodore, said.

“It will be really good action, probably 16 to 18 tomorrow, so it will be really good.

“Friday is also looking good and so we are quite comfortable on breeze for the next two days.”

The race committee hope to complete ten races which would afford sailors two drops, the first of which comes into the effect after today’s first race.

“I really want to get ten races in for the series,” said David Campbell-James, the principal race officer and father of Land Rover Bar wing trimmer Paul Campbell-James.

“If we can get four in tomorrow [today] and two on Friday, then we’ll be at ten for the series.”

James Doughty leads the local contingent and is 25th overall.

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Published Dec 8, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm)

Fletcher-Scott aims to build on lead

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