The first 15 matches of the round robin were raced between 1100 and 1600. There are twice as many remaining to finish this first stage of the competition.
Ed BAIRD (USA), winner of the last two ISAF Match Racing World Championships and understandably one of the favourites for the regatta, won both his matches today against Paolo CIAN (ITA) and Iain PERCY(GBR), who is taking part here in Marseille in place of his America's Cup teammate and last year's winner, Karol JABLONSKI (POL). Experienced New Zealander, Chris DICKSON, another of the favourites, won two out of three of his races going down to the inconsistent Ian WILLIAMS (GBR).
With only a third of the matches in the first round robin behind them, the crews still have a long way to go to qualify for the next rounds. If weather conditions allow it, and nobody is betting on that, the next round will be another round robin with the first six boats from the first round. If not, the top four will go straight into quarter finals, semis and the final.
Yesterday's results do not really give a very clear indication of the current form of the competitors. Apart from BAIRD(100%) and DERUELLE and PERCY(0%), all the other boats have between 50 and 67% success rate.
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