The Gold fleet completed three races at the RS:X World Championship in Cadiz, Spain yesterday whereas the silver fleet were unable to race.
Winds speeds were solidly in the mids 20s and topping out over 30 with the championship turning into a war of attrition on the sailors and equipment.
Julien Bontemps (FRA) posted a 3-1-1 to take over as overall leader. Nick Dempsey (GBR) scored 1-2-3 to bounce back up to silver medal position. JP Tobin (NZL) 2-4-2 is up from fifth to third.
Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) dropped his sail on Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) and Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) at the start of Race 9 and wound up swimming. He stormed back to finish third.
In the very next race, Dorian was back in the wars. The Dutch man powered off the line on starboard in close company with JP Tobin (NZL) with the rest of the fleet going to the left hand side. Pauline Perrin (FRA) racing in the women's fleet, at full speed on port having rounded mark 3 was threading her way through the men. She misjudged the distance on Van Rijsselberge who clipped her and was back in the water and losing time. The jury settled that by giving him average points for races 5 to 9
Over in the women's fleet, Alessandra Sensini was on fire. She blew past everyone on the day posting a 1-1-1 to lock in her bronze medal position by establishing a 21 point lead over Bryony Shaw (GBR) in fourth
Lee Korzits (ISR) seemed to take her foot off the fast forward pedal today posting her worst result of the championship in Race 8 finishing sixth. Luckily Zofia Klepacka (POL) mirrored the result in Race 9 so the two are still four points apart.
Men Top 5
1. FRA6 Julien Bontemps 24.0
2. GBR1 Nick Dempsey 26.0
3. NZL151 JP Tobin 31.0
4. NED8 Dorian van Rijsselberge 31.6
5. GRE8 Byron Kokalanis 32.0
Women Top 5
1. ISR1111 Lee Korzits 17.0
2. POL8 Zofia Klepacka 21.0
3. ITA 25 Alessandra Sensini 27.0
4. GBR94 Brony Shaw 48.0
5. POL7 Maja Dziarnowska 55.0