Racing started today around 1200 hours (local French time) with the last flight of the first round robin which saw Chris DICKSON (NZL), Ed BAIRD (USA), Sébastien COL (FRA), Philippe PRESTI (FRA), Paolo CIAN (ITA) and Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) qualifying for a round robin for six.
With three points yesterday and one match left against BAIRD this morning, RICHARD was far from certain to qualify for the second stage... and yet that is exactly what he did. He was tied with Ian WILLIAMS after the first round robin, but his victory against the Englishman gave him the advantage, and a ticket for the next stage, leaving the English without a representative left in Marseille.
At the end of the five flights, at 1800, the names of the semi-finalists were finally known. Current ISAF World Match Racing Champion BAIRD, was unsurprisingly amongst the qualifiers as was former World Champion, DICKSON. These two were joined the French duo, PRESTI and RICHARD .
Ranking of the Second Stage Round Robin