Another report from the RYA's Nigel Cherrie.
While they had to watch their overall leads tumble to just one point each today, Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield in the 470 men's class and 49er sailors Paul Brotherton and Simon Hiscocks are both poised for a place on the podium at the French ISAF grade one multiclass event, the Hyeres Olympic Classes Regatta, which finishes tomorrow.
The breeze steadily built as the day progressed, touching 25 knots in the gusts across most courses while over 30 knots was recorded on the 470 course, who, along with the 49er's, suffered a sizeable number of capsizes.
Their ninth and tenth places in the fresh conditions this afternoon means that Rogers and Glanfield's 14 point advantage yesterday will only be one point going into tomorrow's final deciding 470 men's race but the pair remain positive. "It's obviously annoying to lose so many points in one day but we're still wining, it's just by one point now though," said Nick.
Despite dropping from second to fourth overall after a nineteenth and an eighth today, Graham Vials and Dan Newman may still be able to steal a podium position tomorrow and are still well inside their top ten target for this regatta. Feeling encouraged by their performance, Dan commented. "After finishing fifth at Palma (the Princesa Sofia Regatta) we came here with the aim of a top ten. We're still on track for that which gives us something to build on for the rest of the season".
For Paul Brotherton and Olympic Silver Medallist Simon Hiscocks, a capsize after the windward mark in the only race of the day saw them finish eighth across the line while team mates Alistair Richardson and Peter Greenhalgh led the fleet around the course to win their first race of the regatta. Brotherton and Hiscocks have one race, possibly two, tomorrow to defend their lead from world champions Santiago Lopez and Javier de La Plaza (Spain).
In the rest of the classes, Nick Dempsey's hopes of improving on his overall position were temporarily hindered by a broken boom in the first race today. After a quick on - water replacement, Nick came back to finish fourth in series race fourteen. He is now seventh overall.
Racing for all classes concludes on Friday.