Stephi still struggling in Pan Am sailing

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Stephi still struggling in Pan Am sailing
Stephi Devaux-Lovell at Pan Am Games 2015
Stephi Devaux-Lovell at Pan Am Games 2015

Stephanie Devaux-Lovell, sitting in seventh place after the first race of women’s laser radial sailing at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was back in the water on Monday.

The 19-year-old endured another difficult day, with easterly winds of around 8-10 knots, more consistent winds than obtained on Sunday, but choppy seas.

After a generall recall for the first start, Stephi got off well at the second time of asking. She rounded the first mark in fourth place, dropped off the pace on the downwind leg and rounded the leeward gate in seventh. She held that position upwind, but then lost good speed in the tricky chop and crossed the line in eighth.

The second race of the day, and the third overall, came with slightly lighter winds. Stephi came off the line well, rounding the windward mark in fourth. But the downwind portion again proved her undoing, and she rounded the leeward gate in a big bunch in sixth.

By the next windward mark she had lost a few more boats as she struggled to find clear air, rounding in 10th. Again the downwind, the light winds and chop, and Stephi ended in 12th

“A slightly frustrating day on the water results wise,” said coach Beth Lygoe. “But plenty of positives to be taken, as Stephi knows she can get herself into good positions, she now has to work on keeping her position and holding her own at the top of the fleet.”

With three races scheduled for Tuesday, heavier winds are expected. Overall, the young Saint Lucian sailor sits 11th out of 16 entrants.

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