At the close of day three at the 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE, the third of seven regattas on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, Dyen Manu and Christidis Stephane (FRA) had a strong 15 point lead in the 49er.
But at the close of day four, Pietro Sibello
and Gianfranco Sibello
(ITA) have closed the gap to four points after the French duo struggled in today's light winds.
After a consistent third day, which saw Manu and Stephane place inside the top five in all four of their races, today could not have been much different. They finished with a card of 10-1-20 for a cumulative total of 61 points after discarding their 28th place finish in Race 4.
The Italian brothers had a consistent day finishing with a card of 9-2-6 to bring them within touching distance of the French pair on 65 points.
Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign
(GBR) are in third place on 84 points. To say they are out of the running for a gold medal is an understatement as today's racing shows that no matter how big a deficit, the gap can be reduced.
It should be another intriguing day of racing tomorrow in the 49er fleet.
Dorian Van Rijsselberge
has barely put a foot wrong in Palma, for the third out of four days he finished with double bullets. He has won six out of eight races with only a minor blip on his scorecard coming on day two when he finished 8-16.
Discarding his 16th place finish in race 4, van Rijsselberge is on 14 points and leads Nick Dempsey
(GBR), who has 25 points, by a margin of 11. With the Dutchman in such good form it is hard to see a way back for Dempsey, but today's results in the 49er go to show that no lead can be taken for granted.
In the women's RS:X Marina Alabau
(ESP) had another exceptional day finishing with a 3-1 scorecard to end day four on 16 points. Behind her is Charline Picon
(FRA), who defeated Alabau in Race 7 today but came second to her in Race 8. Her total of 22 points puts her in second, and in third on 35 points is Laura Linares (ITA).
and Wakako Tabata
(JPN) had been leading the women's 470 fleet all week. But after finishing 18th and 21st in Races 7 and 8 today they have slipped to third place.
and Bouskila Vered (ISR) have jumped into the lead on 45 points. Jo Aleh
and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
are in second on 47 points. The Japanese duo, in third place, have 50 points.
The two French teams consisting of Nicolas Charbonnier and Jeremie Mion and Pierre Leboucher
and Vincent Garos
are first and second in the men's 470.
Charbonnier and Mion discarded their 17th place finish today and kept their third place. They have 33 points, and three points behind them are Leboucher and Garos who also discarded their 28th place finishing today, keeping their second place finish in Race 7.
Overnight leaders Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page dropped down to fourth place today after they finished seventh on both races today.
In the Finn class, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has increased his lead over compatriot Giles Scott. Ainslie finished with double bullets today whereas Scott finished third in Race 7 and seventh in Race 8.
Ainslie's 14 points gives him a strong lead of Giles, on 23 points, in second and Thomas Thomas Le Breton (FRA), on 38 points in third.
In the Laser Radial, Paige Railey (USA) has lost her lead to Belgium's Evi Van acker. The American won Race 7 but she has had to carry 28 points after a poor performance in Race 8, she drops to third overall behind Veronika Fenclova (CZE).
Three races took place in the Star and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) have increased their lead after winning Race 7, coming tenth in Race 8 and discarding their 16th place finish in Race 6.
Andrew Campbell and Ian Coleman (USA) are ten points behind the Brits in second and Negri Diego and Voltolini Enrico (ITA) are in third.
Full results can be viewed here.
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