Tension crackled just below the surface for the final 3 qualifying races at the RS Feva Worlds.
12-15kts of seabreeze that kicked in at about 11:00 ensured that racing would once again be of the glorious variety. For most the day went like clockwork - for some the pain of OCS or even protest enhanced the personal drama.
The occasional little cumulus kept temperatures in check later in the afternoon. The local advice has it that two days of good seabreeze has a slightly cooling effect on the land meaning that the third day may have marginally less strong seabreeze - that's the prediction then for the first day of the final series to be sailed in 57 boat Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets.
The fight at the top has been relentless. Margherita Porro & Francesca Andrea Dall'Ora (ITA) and Elliott Wells & Jake Todd (GBR) have traded blow for blow and are split on tie break rules. So it is the Italian girls that take the 1pt non-discardable into the final series while the British boys take the 2pts.
Hannah Bristow & Bobby Hewitt take the 3 pts forward while fast rising hotshots Courtney Bilbrough & Orla Mitchell from the Docklands have kept the reigning world champions Leonardo Stocchero & Gianluca Virgenti behind them for 4th and 5th respectively.
Two other quick positions of merit: the Mifsud siblings from Malta making the top 10 and the top Dutch boat Daan Dutilh & Roos v Lookeren Campagne in 12th.
Daily prizes for Monday were given for late night helpers tidying, teenage translating services, an on the water response survey to find the friendliest nation (the Czechs!), and for being the washdownhose god!
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Results at http://sailwave.com/results/RSFevaWorlds2013.htm