After light and unstable winds plagued the Barcelona race courses on Monday, a 8-10 knot easterly yesterday brought a return to the favourable racing conditions experienced over the weekend. Seven Spanish crews have made the Medal Race fleets, where the top ten in each class will compete in a double-weighted, 20 minute windward-leeward race to decide the final positions.
In the Laser, the Tenerifian Javier HERNANDEZ (ESP) has a great chance of victory after a terrific performance on Tuesday. Scores of 1,4,5 put him just two points behind overall leader Gustavo LIMA (POR). In third place overall, Marcin RUDAWSKI (POL) is also not out of the gold medal running, lying just five points off LIMA's score.
In the Laser Radial, Lucia REYES (ESP) lost the overall lead with 3,3,10 scores. After a slow start on day one, Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) has turned up the heat on her rivals, with a run of six straight bullets giving her a five point lead and making her a clear favourite to take victory. Susana ROMERO (ESP) is looking comfortable in third place, ten points ahead of Debbie HANNA (IRL).
|The Women's 470 fleet head
© Alfred Farre
Things are even tighter in the men's fleet, with four points covering the top three crews. Matthias SCHMID and Florian REICHSTAEDLTER (AUT) were looking strong in the lead until they went OCS in yesterday's final race, a result which saw their advantage over Panagiotis KAMBOURIDIS and Gera OROLOGAS (GRE) cut to a single point. The experienced Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE (ARG) also moved into gold medal contention with a double bullet finish.