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12 Sep 2007

The GB crew, including Bridgend's Stephen Thomas, lead after day two at the World Disabled Sailing ChampionshipsThe GB three-man Sonar sailing crew which includes Bridgend’s Paralympic sailor Stephen Thomas is leading after two days of competition at the ISDF Disabled World Sailing Championships in Rochester, New York.

The crew, including Britain’s John Robertson and Hannah Stodel have racked up a total 23 points to place them at the top of the table on the second day, 11 points ahead of Israel.

The Sonar crews must compete across five days of competition from Monday 10th- Friday 14th September, completing three races per day to earn points.

Owing to poor weather conditions, only one race was held on Monday. After a less than perfect start which saw them sitting at the back of the pack, GB fought back to finish second out of 26 boats.

Mistakes cost the crew several places in Tuesday’s first race, finishing seventh, but the team rebounded with a first and second place finish in the last two races to sit them at the top of the leader board.

Speaking from Rochester, Thomas said.

"We’re happy to be 11 points in front of Israel who are currently second place but of course looking to increase that advantage. The team is positive and looking forward to the rest of the competition."