The gold fleet got going at 11:00 and staid in a tight knot. This was going to be a test of mental agility, tactics, technique and fitness. It was crunch time for the heavier sailors too. Pont, as MIARCZYNSKI is known, is by no means the lightest in the men's fleet and so was generally expected to suffer in the light conditions. He flies in a breeze, showed he could handle the light stuff as well, racking up a third in the first race then topped that by winning the second. A 3,1 day puts him into a clear overall lead, 14 points ahead of second place.
Fabian HEIDEGGER (ITA), silver medallist at the 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, lies second overall. He had a better first race finishing second, but blew the second which cost him valuable points. He has to keep the pressure on, if his dream of stepping onto the podium is to stay alive. Piotr MYSZKA (POL), now in third overall, was consistent taking an eighth in the first race, and then a second. Fourth place man, Joao RODRIGUES (POR) has it all to play for with only nine points separating him from HEIDEGGER in second.
Last out was the women's fleet who had a few problems today. Unable to get away after three postponements within the last minute of the sequence, they made their fourth attempt under a black flag. Eight competitors were over at the start which was subject to a general recall anyway, forcing them to sit out race 7. Barbara KENDALL (NZL) was one of the BFD unfortunates and, although she discards the score, it leaves her with little room to manoeuvre.
By this time, the breeze had died so the fleet was sent ashore where they waited under an AP for an hour. The wind came back at a steady 6 knots so out they went to try again. Success! Olympic Champion Faustine MERRET (FRA) took the win revelling the in the new breeze and keen to take full advantage of the smaller fleet. She went hard left off the start, blowing away second place Marina ALABAU (ESP), whose consistency is starting to build a nice cushion in the overall standings. Reigning World Champion Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) took a step up today to take second overall and looks set to make a late charge.
The women and men's gold fleet are up first tomorrow with the silver fleet being relegated to the afternoon session. However, the forecast is for more light air so it could be another tough day.
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