In the second race of the day there were new faces at the front. ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Wochewinner Gintarė VOLUNGEVIČIŪTĖ from Lithuania made up for a poor first race by leading Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) and Lisa WESTERHOF (NED) at the first mark. VAN ACKER, held her position to the finish whilst others around swapped places in the exciting racing. Defending champion, Krystal WEIR (AUS) also had her best day of the Championship. She made places on the reaches to score a win which, added to her fourth in the previous race, has fast tracked her up the leaderboard from 16th to fifth overall. She remarked, 'The stronger winds and waves were good for me. It was just like Brisbane [the venue where she won her title].'
|Anna TUNNICLIFFE had a
great day to move into second
© LC Moreira
'This Championship is a full surprise, because on every race that is a different group of girls sailing ahead. I never thought I could be first based on a better average,' admitted RAILEY, who has not won any of the eight races so far. Reflecting on Wednesday's racing she looked back ruefully on mistakes downwind which cost her places.
In the Men's fleet Brad FUNK (USA) is also in the express elevator up the leaderboard moving from seventh to second overall after matching the new leader Eduardo COUTO (BRA), with both scoring a second and third place. Victories went to Blair MCLAY (NZL) and Martin JENKINS (ARG), who led the seventh and eighth races from start to finish.
COUTO and FUNK were up with the leaders in the first race of the day but both had to do a lot more to get through the fleet in the second race. ''The wind is stronger than in the first days, so the rivals are different now,' commented new leader COUTO. 'I'm in a delicate situation because of two yellow flags. From now on I have to sail carefully to avoid being punished again. I cannot afford the risk of being knocked out of the Championship race.''
Women's Top Ten After Eight Races
|6||FRA||Sophie DE TURCKHEIM||7||11||(29)||14||4||1||7||14||58|
|9||MEX||Tania ELIAS CALLES||12||14||7||13||3||14||(17)||4||67|
Open Top Ten After Eight Races
|1||BRA||Eduardo C. de Magalhães COUTO||3||1||6||9||(DNF)||1||3||2||25|
|4||BRA||Tiago Côrtes RODRIGUES||4||5||12||2||2||10||(13)||6||41|
|5||BRA||Andreas Reinisch PERDICARIS||1||8||9||8||5||5||6||(20)||42|
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