Last Updated: 29/07/12 7:56pm
Clark - Ainslie will be pleased
Ben Ainslie's assault on Olympic gold got off to a great start with a second-place finish in the opening race.
The 35-year-old is the undoubted star of Great Britain's sailing team and the bookies' favourite to take Finn class gold on home waters.
Ainslie, who has struggled at the beginning of previous Olympics, overcame a difficult start on the Nothe Course to finish second behind Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen.
The three-time gold medallist rounded the first mark outside the top 10, although produced a superb downwind leg to move up to third place.
Ainslie dropped down to sixth heading around the third mark, but again shone downwind to turn in third position.
He also entered the final leg in that position and, while unable to find a way to catch Hogh-Christensen, he saw off Croatia's Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic to secure second place.
Ainslie's strong start to the Games continued in the day's second and final Finn race.
While the Macclesfield-born sailor got off to a brighter start than the earlier this afternoon, he found himself behind the in-form Hogh-Christensen once more.
Ainslie was second from the first mark to the last, finishing behind the Dane and ahead of Kljakovic Gaspic as the top three ended the same as the opening race.
While Britain can be happy with their performance in the Finn, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson got off to a difficult start in the Star class.
After a 30-minute delay, the reigning gold medallists rounded the opening race's first mark in fourth place and split from the main pack for the second mark, where they were also in fourth.
They fell away, though, on the second upwind and entered the final leg in 12th position, eventually finishing 11th.
France's Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot won the race after recovering from a poor start, with Ireland's Peter O'Leary and David Burrows also overcoming difficulty to finish second.
The latter pair continued their impressive form in the second race, controlling the pack into the top mark.
However, O'Leary and Burrows soon tapered off as Brazil and Britain jostled for top spot.
Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada finished fourth in the first race and showed why they are amongst the favourites for gold by fighting a neck-and-neck battle with Percy and Simpson.
The boats swapped position right until the end in a fascinating battle, which Brazil won in a narrow photo finish and, while disappointing for Team GB, was a vast improvement on their earlier showing.
Percy and Simpson lodged a formal appeal querying the finish to the second race, but later withdrew it due to a lack of evidence.
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