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26 April 2011, 09:17 pm
Shahar Zubari Takes Men's RS:X Standings Lead After A Long Day In Hyères
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RS:X Action In Hyères

Semaine Olympique Francaise 2011
Hyères. France

The third day at the Semaine Olympique Française came to a late end this evening as the last boats came back to the dock at 20:00 local time after a long day waiting for the wind.
Beijing Bronze medallist Shahar Zubari (ISR) added a third victory to his score and has taken the lead in the Men's RS:X over Silver medallist Julien Bontemps (FRA) after a series of top three results.

"I usually prefer light wind but this year I have worked a lot on the planning and now I see the results," said Zubari who won Hyères in 2009 and is keen to gain the title one more time. "The level is very high and it will be harder with the Gold fleet tomorrow. We will see, there are still three days to go."

Piotr Myszka (POL) has fallen to third after an eighth place finish and he is on equal points with Olympic champion Tom Ashley (NZL).
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"Today was a difficult race for me," said Myszka. "I started very well. I knew I had to go to the right side of the course but I could not tack because I was blocked on the starboard tack.

"I went too far left and at the first mark I was only 16th. Then I had a good ride with the wind and was ninth on the leeward mark and finished eighth after passing Cariolou on the slalom. I was exhausted but happy.

"After a poor start I finished the race in a good position. Of course, I went down to third overall but now with the start of the finals I will be able to check with Shahar Zubari."

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Blanca Manchon (ESP) is going into the Gold group with a nine point lead over Charline Picon (FRA). Peina Chen (CHN) is in third and Laura Linares (ITA), in fifth, won today's races.

Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE winners Nicolas Charbonnier and Jeremie Mion (FRA) have taken first place in the men's 470 even though they have not yet won a race. They are one point in front of Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos (FRA) who are on equal points with World champions Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS).

"Our objective on this regatta was to have regular results. Today we collect another third place and gained first overall so all is good. Tomorrow another regatta is starting with the Gold fleet, the level will change," said Charbonnier.

Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) maintain their lead in the Star on 14 points heading into the fourth day. On 26 points, and in second place, is the French duo of Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau. Compatriots Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot are in third on 30 points.

Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) discarded their 18th place today but are still able to maintain a 14 point lead over Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol and 23 points on Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes (GBR).

In the 49er, yesterday leaders Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) conserve their lead despite placing 19th today. Danish brothers Emil Toft Nielsen and Simon Toft Nielsen are in second place ahead of Italian brothers Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello.

Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) has secured a nine point lead over Nick Maloney (NZL) and Simon Grotelueschen (GER) who are in second and third. The young German added a third victory to his score today.

"I am really happy with my day, especially in these conditions. Normally I am better in the breeze," said Grotelueschen who has mastered the stronger conditions and proved it with a first and a second in Palma in 25knots and on Sunday with two bullets in the breeze. "I realise that it is close racing and the next days will be hard but I feel confident and relaxed."

In the Laser Radial, Sara Winther (NZL) has conserved her lead in the Standings. Sarah Steyaert (FRA), who won the 2008 Worlds in New Zealand, had a good day and is now only one point away from Winther. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is bouncing back from yesterday's 27th place and is third overall.

In the Finn, Ben Ainslie (GBR) is back at the front after a perfect day, picking up two bullets.

The Brit said, "It was a really tricky day - the wind was all over the place and there were lots of place changes in all of the races, but I was happy to get through with two good races in the end considering everything that went on, so it was a good day."

Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) is continuing with consistent results to take second overall. Edward Wright (GBR) has also climbed up the Standings and is now in third. Young Estonian Deniss Karpak won both races in his group today and has moved up to seventh overall.

In the Women's Match Racing, Sally Barkow (USA) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) have 100% records in the gold group. Renee Groeneveld (NED) has two race wins to her name, Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) has one race win and Claire Leroy (FRA) and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) are yet to pick up a victory.

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Corinne McKenzie
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