Irish sailors Peter O’Leary and David Burrows have maintained a strong position in the Star fleet at the World Championships in Hyeres.

The Olympic campaigners finished seventh in Tueday’s event and remain in contention in third place overall, just one point behind the reigning World Champions Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada from Brazil.

Olympic gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson still lead the event.

ISA Star coach Marc Pickel said: “I am delighted for the guys to get a single digit score in very light difficult conditions. Tomorrow is a reserve day with no sailing so they will be back on the race course on Thursday well rested.”

Meanwhile in Boltenhagen, Germany, James Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club, who achieved Olympic qualification yesterday, continued with a strong performance leaving him lying in 41st place overall in the 168 strong fleet, a personal best for Espey.

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern, the Irish 49er Olympic campaigners, enjoyed a race win today in a regatta in Croatia, which has seen a very mixed performance from the pairing as they are lying 42nd overall after 6 races and 1 discard.