Australian sailors Darren BUNDOCK and Aaron WORRALL were the stars of the day. The multiple ISAF World Champion BUNDOCK with new crew WORRALL are proving an unbeatable team in the Tornado fleet, winning all of the races sailed yesterday. 'The best race results of my career,' according to BUNDOCK. Spanish sailors Fernando ECHAVARRI and Antón PAZ lost one place, largely thanks to a 19 finish in race seven, and are now third overall. The German team of Roland GAEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN, one place above BUNDOCK and WORRALL in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings at number seven, proved to be the 'best of the rest' behind the Australian pair, moving up to a distant second place.
Paige RAILEY (USA) could not recapture her form of the previous day in the Laser Radial but the young American continues to lead the overall standings although she now has British sailors Charlotte DOBSON and Penny MOUNTFORD right behind her. As the new equipment for the Single-Handed Dinghy Women in the 2008 Olympic Games, the Laser Radial is still seeing the transference of a lot of sailors from the previous equipment, the Europe. For the time being it seems that young sailors who have graduated from the ISAF Youth World Championships, where the Radial has been used for the last couple of years, are the sailors to beat, especially with Olympic gold medallist in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR) transferring to the 470 (where she is struggling down in 19th position here in Spain). 2003 ISAF Youth World Champion, RAILEY is predicted to be one of the strongest challengers in Beijing although 2004 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World bronze medallist (a World Championship in which RAILEY could only finish seventh), DOBSON is sure to give her a tough challenge this week.
ISAF World Sailing Rankings number two, Paul GOODISON (GBR) is the one setting the tough challenge in the Laser. After six race wins he leads by seven points from Portuguese sailor, Gustavo LIMA, in second and fellow Britain, Mark HOWARD, a point further back in third.
The young British pair Nic ASHER and Elliot WILLIS started off the 470 Men's the way they had finished it on Tuesday by taking a bullet in race four. Fifth in race five maintained their consistent scoring although a twelve in the final race of the day means ASHER and WILLIS do not have much margin for error with the French teams of Pallu DE LA BARRIERE and Chappellier AYMERIC and Dreano and Floch RONAN just few points back in second and third.
Stefanie ROTHWEILER and Vivien KUSSATZ (GER) have maintained their lead in the 470 Women's event. The German sailors could not replicate their excellent form of the previous day but did enough to keep the Austrian duo of Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER in second place. A bullet in the final race of the day moved Swedish sailors Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON up to third. The home supporters in Palma de Mallorca were pleased to see Olympic silver medallist and ISAF World Sailing Rankings number six, Natalia VIA-DUFRESNE along with her new crew, Laia TUTZÓ (ESP), putting in a good performance today with a win in race five helping them rise to fourth overall and within eight points of the leaders.
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Another Spanish Olympic silver medallist, Rafael TRUJILLO, did not have such a good day. The ISAF World Sailing Rankings number one continues to struggle and now lies 16 points behind the leader, Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE), in fourth place. Second and third placed Gasper VINEC (SLO) and Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTIENSEN (DEN) are within three points of the leader promising some tense racing today, especially if TRUJILLO can find some form and string some good results together.
Polish sailors Marcin CZAJKOWSKI and Krzysztof KIERKOWSKI took advantage of an average performance by fellow joint overnight leaders Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) to take a clear lead in the 49er fleet. Two bullets saw Alberto PADRÓN and Javier DE LA PLAZA (ESP) leap up to second whilst Danish sailors Peter HANSEN and Soren HANSEN maintain the third position thanks to victory in race five.
In the Yngling. Russian team Ekaterina SKUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Tatiana LARSTEVA have rarely been outside of the top two finishers and have built a substantial lead of eleven points over the rest of the fleet. Olympic silver medallist with VIA-DUFRESNE in the 470 Women, Sandra AZÓN lies in second in a boat helmed by her sister, Monica AZÓN and also including Graciela PISONERO. Struggling in tenth place is Olympic gold medallist Sarah AYTON (GBR), who is helming the boat for the first time, and apart from a bullet in race four has struggled with crew Annie LUSH and Lisa MacDONALD (GBR).
In the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Spanish sailor Iván PASTOR certainly is not struggling and seems a level above the rest of the fleet in the Mistral. Despite a Spanish comeback of sorts in many of the classes today PASTOR remains the only home sailor to actually lead any of the fleets. Two bullets and a second place extended his lead to 13 points. Spanish sailor Juan Manuel MORENO lies in second with Tunisian, Karim ACHOUR, a further eight points back in third.
Three races were sailed in the Open Europe class with an exciting fight between Swedish sailor Sebastian ÖSTLING and Spanish competitor Jesús ROGEL. The Swedish sailor was disqualified in race six leaving him equal on points with the Spaniard but with his two race victories keeping him in the number one slot for now. In third position is another Spanish sailor, Ignacio CALABRIA, just four points back in what is proving a very competitive class.
Russian boat My Best with crew Vadim SLATSENKO, Andry LITSYNSKYY and Petr ZAHAROV are still the leaders in the Dragon, with a seven point lead over the second placed Lars HENDRIKSEN, Peter JOHANSEN and Martin LEIFELDT (DEN) on board BB-King and nine points difference over the other Danish team of Jørgen SCHÖNHERR, Lars JENSEN and Finn NICOLAJSEN.
With two day's of racing remaining the Princess Sofia Trophy is heading for an exciting climax.