Yachts from the United Kingdom, Australia, East Germany and Japan are competing in this week's Dunhill Weymouth Olympic yachting competitions at Weymouth in England.
GV Yachts start race
LV K383 at speed through rough water
SV K392 coming about
LV K321 coming about buoy and at speed through rough water
LV KC 145 through water
LV KC 145 at speed
YACHTS AT START OF FINN CLASS RACE: YACHTS RACED BY ROBERT HOLBROOK, GRAHAM SCOTT, CHRIS LAW AND NICK OUNDJIAN TAKING PART.
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Background: Yachts from the United Kingdom, Australia, East Germany and Japan are competing in this week's Dunhill Weymouth Olympic yachting competitions at Weymouth in England.
Racing started on Saturday (15 May) in extremely rough conditions and one of the first races involved the 58 entries in the Finn Class.
That was a disastrous start for two of Britain's hopes for this year's Montreal Olympics. David Howlett and Chris Law were well ahead of the fleet when they took a wrong turning. They eventually came in eight and ninth out of 11 finishers.
The race was won by Canadian Nick Oundjian who enjoys bad weather sailing. Oundjian frequently takes part in British competitions.
Britain's Richard Hart took second place, followed by Robert Holbrook, a member of the Seaview Yacht Club in the Isle of Weight, U.K.
SYNOPSIS: Extremely rough conditions greeted competitors at the start of this year's Dunhill Weymouth Olympic Week yachting championships, being held at Weymouth, England. The competition began on Saturday and one of the first races was in the Finn class.
Britain's Olympic yachting team is to be selected from the championships and one of its hopes is Robert Holbrook of the Isle of Weight.
Only one boat from each class can race at Montreal so competition at Weymouth was particularly intense. Graham Scott of the Isle of Man has yet to make an Olympic team. Here, he goes through his paces.
One of the two leading competitors for the Finn place was Chris Law. But he ran into trouble in the first race after he took a wrong turning, and finished well down in the field. Law is currently the world champion, after winning the title in January in Australia. The winner of the first Finn class race was Canadian Nick Oundjian. He sails best in bad weather and competes frequently in Britain.