Two final races in both fleets yesterday decided the top ten sailors who will move forward to compete in the Medal Races today. With a second and a third DEMPSEY may well have expected to extend his 14 point overall lead, but second place Joeri VAN DIJK (NED) had a blistering day, with two bullets moving him within eleven points of the lead. Meanwhile third place Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) did not fare so well and although he secured the bronze medal, has no chance of silver provided the top two finish in today's Medal Race.
Things are much tighter in the women's fleet where 2005 ISAF Youth Worlds Champion and 2005 Mistral World Champion MANCHON took advantage of a slip up by Antonia FREY (GRE) to move into the lead. The Spaniard has been consistent throughout the series and finishes of 6,4 yesterday put her three points ahead of FREY, who suffered with an 18,8 day.
Ten points off the lead and still well within shooting distance of the gold is France's Pauline PERRIN, with Bryony SHAW (GBR) just two points behind her in fourth and also right amongst the battle for medals.
The same sunny conditions which have typified the regatta were again in force yesterday, but with a southerly push in the light breeze.
The men were off after a short delay. With the start boat situated very close to the shore spectators from the One Ephesus Hotel could be seen on all the balconies. DEMPSEY was buried off the start and had to endure a left side push for longer than desired. VAN DIJK was luckier and made the top mark clear of all comers.
|Joeri VAN DIJK was on top
of his game yesterday
© David BELL
The women's first race was started in similar fashion light breeze and lumpy seas. The results so far, have seen the top five positions super close with FREY taking a strong hold. However things did not pan out for the Greek in the first race. She scored a 19th on Wednesday and yesterday an 18th, which this time she cannot discard. Now she was only one point ahead of SHAW and PERRIN.
The shifty conditions and lumpy waters were taking their toll with sailors getting buried early and then looking for miracles to get back to the top spots.
PERRIN made the best of the conditions taking the bullet with Wai Kei CHAN (HKG) a close second and Olga MASLIVETS (UKR), normally a high wind specialist, scoring a credible third in very trying conditions.
The course was moved around for race ten to the west slightly due to the trend of shifts. And once again the DEMPSEY was caught behind the play. He was around 23rd on the first mark and just used shear strength to pump through the crowd. VAN DIJK continued his light wind blasting, stretching his lead to a good 200 yards whilst DEMPSEY battled on. In second place LE GAL kept the Dutchman honest keeping the lead gap to a minimum.
Heading towards the top mark for the second time DEMPSEY was on a mission. On every slight gust and every wave he gained an advantage.
DEMPSEY would get planing for 20 foot then, as the gust passed, would pump even more. By the time he reached top, he had pulled back another ten places. The whole fleet chose the left side to drive back down wind.
The women were finally on to their last race with a good clean start, which saw MASLIVETS and Christine JOHNSTON (GBR) plane over to the left side in pressure and the rest of the fleet opt to the right.
Once again PERRIN was in a commanding position. The pressure lightened and the race committee sent the chase boat out. With the abandonment flags and whistles blasting they rounded up the sailors. Moments later the wind had shifted and the northerly kicked in. It then took the better part of an hour for the wind to settle down, this time from the west north west.
Hong Kong's CHAN took the gun from PERRIN with Flavia TARTAGLINI (ITA) in third. MANCHON moved up to take fourth, which was good enough to put her in first place overall. FREY had an eighth place, dropping her to second place - three points behind.
Men's Top Ten
|2||NED||Joeri VAN DIJIK||(11)||9||3||10||3||2||2||2||1||1||33|
|6||FRA||Nicolas LE GAL||10||(19)||5||23||8||24||7||6||3||2||88|
|10||HKG||King Yin CHAN||7||(29)||2||23||10||5||20||27||7||12||113|
Women's Top Ten
|5||HKG||Wai Kei CHAN||(DNF)||23||7||20||6||1||9||8||2||1||77|
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