In the men, Nick ROGERS/Joe GLANFIELD were movers of the day with a first in the early race of the day. Nick and Joe employed a novel but extreamly successful starting technique by reaching along behind the Starboard starters until a gap appeared and grabbing the opportunity, from there sailing high out to the favoured righthand side of the course.
CRO 7 Ante CESIC & Ante KUJUNDZIC lead the fleet halfway up the first beat but the American Silver Medallists Paul FOERSTER/Kevin BURNHAM defied odds coming in fast from the lefthand side of the course to round in second place to Rogers/Glandfield.
In the 20 knot conditions, Rogers and Glandfield went onto win convincingly followed by the Americans and the Brits Graham VIALS/Bevis FIELD that moved well through the fleet.
In the Women, the Ward sisters still head the fleet with a reduced lead of 6 points after a day of 19 (Drop), 7 & 7. The American women Katie MCDOWELL/Isabelle KINSOLVING also had a good day with a 6, 6, 4 along with the team from Israel of Kornecki/Bouskila who placed a 2, 10, 5 . The pair of McDowell/ Kinsolving moving up 2 places to be second overall and ISR10 Kornecki/Bouskila moving up 3 places to be 4th overall just behind the Russian pair of Ilienko/Gaponovich in third.
The GBR's Rogers and Glandfield recorded placings of 1, 13 & 6 that moves them from 5th overall to be first place overall going into the last race of the series. But they are just 4 points infront of the Coster Brothers Sven and Kalle of the Nederlands on 62 points after 12 races. The previous overnight leaders Javier CONTE/Juan DE LA FUENTE of Argentina slipped back to third overall but are also on 62 points with true Russian Veteran Dmitri BEREZKIN/Mikhail KRUTIKOV in 4th place just 4 points back.
The Women's fleet will probably have 2 races in the morning while the Men will complete their series with just 1 race. Rogers and Glandfield have drop races of 33 and 30 so their start will be crucial , while the Costers have drops of 16 and 26 . But even the 5th placed Spanish pair of Martinez/Wood are just 8 points back from the overall medals so the field is open for the Championship in both Men's and Women's fleets. .
Racing continues 11.00hrs Thursday with no start permitted after 15.00 hrs.
Men's Results - Top 10
|1||Nick Rogers, Joe Glanfield (GBR)||58,0||7||3||3||7||9||-33||-30||1||8||1||13||6|
|2||Sven Coster, Kalle Coster (NED)||62,0||9||7||1||6||1||1||-16||11||15||8||3||-26|
|3||Javier Conte, Juan de la Fuente (ARG)||62,0||3||14||4||1||4||4||10||6||9||-16||7||-16|
|4||Dmitri Berezkin, Mikhail Krutikov (RUS)||66,0||8||2||8||7||9||7||9||-31||-11||11||2||3|
|5||Martinez Dorest Gustavo, Wood Dimas (ESP)||70,0||3||4||-19||10||5||18||6||10||3||(bfd)||4||7|
|6||Zandona Gabrio, Andrea Trani (ITA)||71,0||11||4||7||1||5||17||1||14||6||(bfd)||-31||5|
|7||Paul Foerster, Kevin Burnham (USA)||73,0||9||2||4||(bfd)||8||6||13||8||-16||2||8||13|
|8||Johan Molund, Martin Anderson (SWE)||74,0||4||13||1||13||10||3||11||5||2||-14||-16||12|
|9||Alvaro Marinho, Miguel Nunes (POR)||84,0||2||11||8||13||3||2||-23||3||17||6||19||-21|
|10||Andreas Kosmatopoulos, Kostas Trigonis (GRE)||95,0||15||3||2||8||13||9||-22||2||22||(bfd)||10||11|
Women's Results - Top 10
|1||Susanne Ward, Michaela Ward (DEN)||22,0||7||2||3||2||-9||4||4|
|2||Vladelina Ilienko, Natalia Gaponovich (RUS)||38,0||4||1||-23||18||1||13||1|
|3||Natalia Via Dufresne, Sandra Azon (ESP)||43,0||3||6||13||1||-26||15||5|
|4||Katherine McDowell, Isabelle Kinsolving (USA)||44,0||1||12||18||5||(bfd)||5||3|
|5||Alina Grobe, Vivien Kussatz (GER)||46,0||-18||13||1||7||3||9||13|
|6||Marjon Kooistra, Petra de Goederen (NED)||47,0||5||-27||7||3||14||7||11|
|7||Nike Kornecki, Vered Bouskila (ISR)||49,0||9||-16||6||4||16||8||6|
|8||Therese Torgersson, Vendela Zachrisson (SWE)||52,0||-32||10||2||12||11||2||15|
|9||Lisa Westerhof, Margriet Matthijsse (NED)||54,0||10||9||-16||13||4||11||7|
|10||Fernanda Sesto, Paula Reinoso (ARG)||62,0||6||-15||10||11||15||12||8|