As ever, the majority of the red fleet started cleanly on the starboard tack with most of the front runners choosing to tack early on to port and head for the cliffs. At the windward mark, Tim HOLDEN (GBR) had a small lead over Marcus HAMILTON (AUS) with Soren ANDREASEN (DEN) in third. Hamilton's superior downwind ability allowed him to rapidly gain the lead which he held on to until the finish. The finishing order was Hamilton (AUS) first, Tim HOLDEN (GBR) second, Roberto LORENZI (ITA) third, Matt HOSIE (AUS) fourth and Simon MUSSELL (GBR) fifth.
The yellow fleet was led once again from start to finish by Andrea BONNEZZI to win his third race of the series. Second place was again taken by fellow Italian Virgilio FRAU who seems to have entered into a double act with Bonnezzi mopping up the first two places between them. The battle for third place was more intense with Italian Giovanni BONZIO, Stuart JONES (GBR), Neil WILSON (GBR) and Stephen FRIES (AUS) with Bonzio eventually taking third.
With this race being the last of the qualification series, the fleet was sent in while the results were calculated to decide which boats formed the gold and silver fleets. Unfortunately while this was being done the wind dropped and despite being sent out, all further racing was cancelled for the day.
Top Ten After Four Races