Event multiple World and Olympic Champion Hieko KROGER (GER), leading the 2.4mR class on the penultimate day by 10 points has not had it all his own way. Before scoring a string of top three results he had a 15 place finish on day one in the lighter conditions and clearly revels when the breeze builds.
Second to Kroger at this point in the regatta is Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) proving that the Dutch are a force to be reckoned with in this field of sailing. He has sailed a strong series so far, only once dropping out of the top five. Damien SEGUIN (FRA), a single point behind Schmitter, is filling the bronze medal position. All to play for on the final day of racing today.
Things are even closer in the three person keelboat, the Sonar class. Two points separate gold from silver going into today's racing, so expect some close, hard, Ainslie/Scheidt style racing for the final day in the championship.
Current leader Udo HESSELS (NED) and his crew have proved the consistent bunch so far in the regatta, but with only one win to their name against the four scored by second placed Dror COHEN, they could see themselves on the back foot today and need to score high to achieve.
There string of second places has seen their lead whittled down against the crew from Israel in second over the course of the week. But for some scores by Cohen and crew earlier in the week they would probably have a comfortable lead right now.
Today is the last day of racing when this year's IFDS Champions will be decided. Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Overall Top Ten
|Mc COY DANNY||CAN||7||12||-37||10||6||11||12||58||9|
|VAN DE VEEN MARCEL|
|TWOMEY JOHN C||IRL||5||3||-12||6||1||6||8||12||41||4|
|Mc GRATH SEANIE|
|Mc CARTHY PAUL||IRL||7||5||11||4||13||-17||5||10||55||7|
|MAC DONALD BRIAN|
|BEN YAKOV SHIMON||ISR||16||11||6||-18||15||3||4||4||59||9|