Team New Zealand's Bertrand Pace and Dean Barker led the way on the third day of the Swedish Match Tour's ACI Ronhill Cup in Split Croatia.
Pace sailed near flawlessly before dropping his final match on the day to teammate and boss Barker. Barker's win over the French ex-patriot sealed his place as he joined GBR Challenge's Andy Green at four wins and two losses.
The final qualifier out of Group A was Rod Davis of the Prada Challenge who advanced at three wins against three losses by virtue of holding a tie break over Karol Jablonski of Poland whom he defeated in Flight 2 on Saturday. Davis' advancement gave the Prada syndicate two entries in the quarterfinals matching their America's Cup nemesis.
The above teams are joined in the quarterfinals by Swedish Match Tour leader Magnus Holmberg of Team StoraEnso and the Swedish Victory Challenge and Gavin Brady of the Prada Challenge. The non-America's Cuppers advancing to the quarterfinals are Danes Jesper Radich and Jes Gram Hansen from Group B, all of whom qualified in Sunday's action.
The day's racing commenced in 5-7 knot winds which eventually forced the race course almost a mile off the ACI Marina grounds.
Round Robin Standings
GROUP A: Bertrand Pace, 5-1; Dean Barker, 4-2; Andy Green, 4-2; Rod Davis, 3-3; Karol Jablonski, 3-3; Paolo Cian 2-4; Yasutaka Funazawa, 0-6.
GROUP B: Magnus Holmberg, 6-1; Gavin Brady, 6-1; Jesper Radich, 5-2; Jes Gram Hansen, 4-3; Chris Dickson, 2-5; James Spithill, 2-5; Tonci Antunovic, 3-4; Ante Vanjaka, 0 7.