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27 May 2011, 06:49 pm
Wind, Rain And Sailing On The Fourth Day In Medemblik
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR)
Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson In The Star

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011
Medemblik, Netherlands

Sailors at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the fifth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, were greeted with wind, rain and the go ahead for sailing on the fourth day in Medemblik, the Netherlands.
The Men's RS:X fleet were the first fleet on and off the water after two races sailed in a gusty breeze and rain.

After Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) and Jon-Paul Tobin (NZL) departed early to Weymouth for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the next ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta, there are increased opportunities for sailors to claim a podium place.

"My Olympic selection programme does not include the Delta Lloyd Regatta," explained the Dutchman, "So with my coach we decided we would come for three days so I have time to rest before going to Weymouth for Sail for Gold. It is not an easy decision but the best compromise."

With a bullet and a second place finish today Taehoon Lee (KOR) leads the fleet on 15 points. Second place overall belongs to Zachary Plavsic (CAN) who, in Race 8, claimed his first bullet at the 2011 Delta Lloyd Regatta.

After six races in the Women's RS:X Maayan Davidovich (ISR) has a two point lead over China's Li Ling. Davidovich, ranked #18 in the world, has 13 points after finishing 2-4 today. Ling faired better with 1-3, but it was not enough to overhaul the Israeli. However she stole second place off Jessica Crisp (AUS) whose 3-7 this afternoon gives her 17 points overall and the third podium place.

Three Olympic Gold medallists occupy the podium places in the Star after six races. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada(BRA) conserve their lead ahead of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR). The two Polish teams enjoyed the day's windy conditions with a race win each. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) are in third place and Maciej Grabowski and Luk Lesinki (POL) are in sixth.

"We had a nice start and good speed so could hold our position on the fleet," said Zycki on their first race. "We were fourth at the top mark but took the lead on the second beat and increased it to the finish. We could see today the potential of our new boat and we are satisfied."

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has taken the lead in the Laser Radial with near perfect results today. The Dutch sailor, who discarded her 39th place finish in Race 3, has sailed conservatively. "With two starts under Black flag I had to be careful and not take too much risks; I know I have good speed in the breeze." Unfortunately the black flags were costly for early leader Annalise Murphy (IRL) who collected two penalties to fall to 19th place overall and Gintare Scheidt (LTU) now in 14th place.

Tina Mihelic (CRO) sailed conservatively in today's windy races posting a 9-4 to hang narrowly onto second position, one point ahead of Xu Lijia (CHN) in third.

In the Women's 470 Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) have taken the lead after double bullets today.

The Dutch girls, on seven points, leapfrog day two leaders Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA) who struggled in today's blustery conditions. Their 7-10 has seen them slip to third overall on 19 points. Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) finished 2-2 today, and with 16 points they are second.

Tom Slingsby (AUS) finished 1-9 today to end on 16 points to maintain his lead in the Laser. He said, "It is nice to be in the lead, but I have lots of guys right on my heel. Tomorrow, I have to keep my head on and have a good day." Bruno Fontes (BRA) is in second on 25 points and Roelof Bouwmeester (NED) occupies third spot on 31 points.

Meanwhile in the Men's 470 Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, who are currently second in the Men's 470 ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings, enjoyed a good day with a 3-1 and end day four on 11 points.

The World #1 Australian pair lead early 470 leaders Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO). Day four proved to be the Croats worst day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta so far. They finished 7-4 to trail the Australians by four points. In third place on 16 points is Panagiotis Kampouridis and Papadopoulos Stathis (GRE).

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) have closed the gap on 49er leaders Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) to just eight points. The Australians finished 1-3-1 today compared to the Brits 3-2-3.

The British duo top the leader board on 27 points with Outteridge and Jensen in second on 35 points. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) have moved into third place at the expense of Peter Kruger Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell (DEN) who slip from second to fourth place at the close of day four.

Last off the water was the Finn fleet after six hours out. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) has taken the lead after winning the first race and placing third in the second.

"I sailed well, and I am pleased, the conditions were demanding with strong wind and unstable,"
said the Croatian. "The Race committee kept us waiting a long time, we are all feeling tired and freezing so it is making it harder."

The World #1 is only three points in front of World Champion, Ed Wright (GBR). A second and a third brings Brendan Casey (AUS) to third overall. Despite collecting two black flags this week, Dan Slater (NZL) added a victory to his good score. " It was a very positive day, there was lots of different pressure but I managed to get in phased with the shifts. I took the lead on the reach and extended it on the run."

In the Women's Match Racing Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Silja Lehtinen (FIN), Ru Wang (CHN), Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Renee Groeneveld (NED), Silvia Roca (ESP), Trine Abrahamsen (DEN) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) all advance to the Quarter Finals.

With two races tomorrow the fleet are scheduled to sail at 10:00 local time with the Women's Match Racing provisionally at 09:00. The Star Class and Men's and Women's 470 Medal Races will take place in the evening and can be viewed on the Delta Lloyd Regatta website from 18:00 local time.

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Corinne McKenzie (As Amended by ISAF)
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