Skud duo get smart

Last updated 12:59 03/09/2012
David Staley
Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel are seventh in the SKUD at the London Paralympics.
David Staley
New Zealand's 2.4m representative Paul Francis.

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A smart game plan pushed Kiwi sailors Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel up the ladder in the SKUD 18 class on day two of Paralympic sailing in Weymouth.

After a solid start to the regatta, Dempsey and Apel moved up three notches to be seventh overall overnight.

 "Today was far more successful than yesterday, we had a good strong plan and stuck to it, and it worked a treat," Apel says.

In 10-12 knots of breeze, the Kiwis added fifth and seventh places to their tally, with coach Rob Hielkema applauding their plan to find more room to move on the racecourse.

"They could tack away and find clear air and that was more important than finding the shifts today," he said.

"The breeze direction was really steady today. It was almost a carbon copy of yesterday in terms of strength, but the constant direction forced a change in strategy on the course. Yesterday was really shifty."  

Australian crew Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesel Tesch lead the SKUD18 fleet, with all of their results in the top three so far.

The other Kiwi in the sailing competition, Paul Francis, says he is "battling to come to grips with the very tight racing" in the competitive 2.4mR singlehanded keelboat class.  Finishes of 14th and 12th overnight have dropped him back to 14th overall, but the fleet is still very tight with seven races remaining.

"I'm still really happy because I haven't hit any other boats yet, and I have been docking the boat really well," Francis quipped.

Both Kiwi crews have another seven races to complete, with two more races tonight.   

Day 2: NZ Paralympic sailing standings

7th - Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel (SKUD 18) - 9, 9, 5, 7

14th - Paul Francis (2.4mR) 14, 10, 14, 12

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