It was Olivia Price’s 20th birthday and she celebrated in style by despatching Tamara Dominguez (ESP) and Lotte Meldgaard (DEN) in the same way she has beaten world champions and ISAF International Sailors of the Year during the preliminaries of the Women's Match Race at London 2012.
Price has now won all 10 of her round robin matches and has just Portugal’s Rita Goncalves to sail against. The Portugese have won just one of their 10 matches.
In the first match this afternoon, Price and her crew of Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty were pushed hard by the Spanish, getting the gun by just three seconds.
“The race against the Spanish was a really good race, close few beats and things got exciting down the run,” said Whitty.
It was an easier match against the Danes, however, with a winning margin of 11 seconds.
“We’ve got a day off, then one race on the next day then two days off so we’ve got a pretty good plan of what we’re going to do,” Curtis said after the day’s racing. “We’re used to spending time here in Weymouth so we’ll just enjoy ourselves and take a bit of downtime.”
Price herself claimed the birthday hadn’t been a big deal.
“We had another good day, to be honest I hadn’t thought that it was my birthday, I’d been trying to block it out, but now that it’s finished it was a good day.”
The Women’s Match Racing winds down now for a lay day, then the final matches will be sailed before another lay day on Sunday. The Quarter Finals, which are sailed as a best-of-five format, begin on Tuesday.
- Roger McMillan