It's been thrilling day of racing as the top racers in the world have been battling it out in the light winds and glorious sunshine here in Sylt.
Race one saw Micah BUZIANIS (F2/North Sails) go over the line early causing a restart of the race. It took two attempts to complete race one as the wind failed to stay consistent for long enough. As the race progressed it was obvious that Ross WILLIAMS (Starboard/Gaastra) was on form. His speed and tactics allowed him to pull out a healthy lead ahead of Antoine ALBEAU (AHD/Neil Pryde). Coming down the last reach though Williams seemed to be slowing up and Albeau blasted past him. It was almost as if Williams was unsure which side of the finish buoy he had to pass! So it was Albeau first Williams second and Kevin PRITCHARD (Starboard/Gaastra) third.
The racers were straight back out for race 2 of the day. Williams made no mistakes and came home in first place, obviously remembering what side of the line to pass on this time! Coming in second was Steve Allen (Fanatic/Neil Pryde) who was on a charge and third was The Flying Camel otherwise known as Arnon DAGAN (Fanatic). Albeau was down in fifth in the light winds.
Race 3 was a blinder for Williams as he stormed around the course. Dutchman Pieter BIJL (Fanatic/Neil Pryde) found form after a slow start to the day and blasted over the line in second. Kevin PRITCHARD crossed the line in third followed by Arnon DAGAN in fourth.
The fourth and final race of the day was an intensive battle right from the start with the top five sailors neck and neck for most of the race. Williams pulled out a small lead but Steve Allen was right on his tail ready to pounce. On the final reach towards the finish, and with no more than 100 meters left Allen took his chance and sailed below Williams and nudged out in front to claim the race win. Williams had to settle for second, Kevin PRITCHARD for third and Pieter BIJL showed his face again in fourth. Antoine ALBEAU was down in sixth place, which must have been hurting him.
So as it stands, midway through the event Ross WILLIAMS is leading, Steve ALLEN is in second and Kevin PRITCHARD is in third. Albeau is hanging on to fourth place but you can guarantee that he will be fired up and on the come back trail tomorrow.