Percy and Simpson star sailors for Team GB in a tricky day on the water
19:47 GMT, 30 July 2012
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Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were Great Britain's only standout performers on a tough second day of sailing for the Olympic hosts.
With Ben Ainslie faltering and none of the other Brits pulling up trees, the reigning Star gold medallists shone as they moved joint top of the overall standings.
Percy and Simpson picked up third and second-place finishes to put them at the top of the fleet alongside Norway's Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen.
Let's go: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in action
'There is a long way to go but we did a bit better today on the results card,' Simpson said, having picked up an 11th and second on Sunday.
'We managed to catch up a bit today, although we had some bad first beats.
'I think we sailed quite well, but we just didn't seem to have a good boat speed at first.
'We made a bit a change for the last beat of the last race and found a lot more speed, which is great news going forward because we were a bit frustrated.
'That was the good news and downwind we were very fast, which is always a good get-out-of-jail card in these kind of conditions where it is very much a downwind race.'
While Simpson and Percy pressed on, Ainslie had a difficult time in the Finn class.
Strong display: Percy and Simpson racing in their Star class keel-boat
The 35-year-old failed to follow up an uncharacteristically good start to the Olympic regatta by ending the second day with sixth and 12th-place finishes.
Ainslie slipped to the bronze medal position behind France's Jonathan Lobert as a result, while Jonas Hogh-Christensen continues to lead the way having yet to finish a race below the Brit.
'It was a tough day. It wasn't very good at all,' Ainslie said.
'I was pretty frustrated with how I sailed so hopefully I will be better in the coming days.
'Everyone is having ups and downs. Jonas also had a bit of an issue in the second race [when he had to do a penalty turn].
'But as far as my own performance goes, I wasn't happy with that at all. I have to improve things for the rest of the week.'
Struggle: Ben Ainslie sails in the third race of the Finn class
The British athletes that began their Olympic campaigns today will also be looking for an upturn in fortunes.
Reigning Laser gold medallist Paul Goodison is a prime example, having ended his first day 17th in the standings.
The Yorkshireman finished 10th in his first race and ended a lowly 23rd in the second.
Goodison's disappointment was compounded further by news that fierce rival Tom Slingsby of Australia ends the day top overall after a first and second.
Frustrated: Ainslie said he hopes for better to come
Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes also saw their London 2012 campaign get off to a difficult start as they picked up two 12th-place finishes.
Ali Young, making her Olympic debut, made a solid start on the first day of the Laser Radial class as she picked up a seventh and 10th, placing her ninth overall.
Meanwhile, in the women's match racing class, Lucy Macgregor's British team ended their second day of the round robin with defeat to Australia having earlier overcome Portugal.