Lucas stretches sailing lead
Helena Lucas enjoyed a good day at Weymouth
Helena Lucas extended her lead at the top of 2.4mR standings on Tuesday as she edged closer to Great Britain's first ever Paralympic sailing medal.
The 37-year-old secured two bullets - sailing terminology for victory - on Monday and picked up where left off, with another race win and then a fourth.
Lucas, the only woman in the fleet, has an 11-point cushion over second-place German Heiko Kroger and looks on course for Britain's first medal since sailing joined the Paralympic programme in 2000.
"It was a great first race and then I had to work hard in the second race," she said. "In the first race it was great to be at the front with none of the other top guys as it gave me a few extra points on my rivals. Heiko won the second race, which is fine as I've still managed to take a couple more points off him today, which is brilliant."
The 2.4mR is one of three Paralympic classes, with British duo Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell sitting third overall in the SKUD.
After an initial delay to racing, the two-person keelboat fleet twice had their first race of the day abandoned.
The pair got fourth and second places when sailing did get under way in earnest, but now lie in bronze medal position, five points off Australian leaders Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch.
The Paralympic hosts continue to struggle in the three-person keelboat, where challenging variable conditions in Portland Harbour meant the Sonars only got one race on Tuesday.
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas lie sixth in the standings after a sixth, although just five points separate them and the podium.
Holland's Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen continue to dominated proceedings and have an 11-point cushion over the second-placed German crew.
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