Javier PADRON and Antonio CUEVAS MONS (ESP) rounded the weather mark in first after having a clean start at the Committee boat end of the line as the pin end of the starting line was very busy. In second place overall going into yesterday Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) rounded right behind them, took over the lead mid way down the first downwind and got the bullet of the race just one minute ahead of second placed series leaders Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT).
'That's the first time I finished first in a Tornado Worlds', says with a big smile four times A-Class World Champion Glenn ASHBY.
|Micha HEEMSKERK and Herbert DERCKSON (left)
and Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG)
© Event Media
The Dutch made their move on the second downwind gybing early into a pressure line to close the gap to the Argentineans, took the lead on the final upwind and won the race. LANGE and ESPINOLA remain third overall.
BUNDOCK and ASHBY rounded the first mark in ninth position and fought their way back to fifth by the finish to take the overall lead.
'It's fantastic to lead the regatta at the mid way point but the biggest advantage for us is to be the only boat not to have a drop race in the 20's. This will be a huge advantage as the regatta goes on', explains BUNDOCK.
The youngest sailor in the fleet, British Christopher RASHLEY, will turn 18 tomorrow, the lay day. He and his crew Marcus LYNCH are currently holding the 32nd position.
'I started sailing Tornados seriously six months ago. I sail Formula 18 but the Tornado is the Olympic catamaran class and that's where I want to be. It is an amazing boat and this Championship is an excellent opportunity to learn and gain experience. If I could choose my Birthday present it would be to win a race in this event', smiles RASHLEY, ready to celebrate his birthday at last night's barbeque.
Top Ten Results After Six Races
|1||AUS||Darren BUNDOCK||Glenn ASHBY||6||2||4||2||1||5||14|
|2||AUT||Roman HAGARA||Hans Peter STEINACHER||1||8||1||3||2||33||15|
|3||ARG||Santiago LANGE||Carlos ESPINOLA||7||23||8||4||12||2||33|
|4||GER||Johannes POLGAR||Florian SPALTEHOLZ||15||1||28||10||4||4||34|
|5||GRE||Jordanis PASCHALIDES||Konstantinos TRIGONIS||31||3||13||7||9||11||43|
|6||FRA||Billy BESSON||Arnaud JARLEGAN||10||21||15||1||18||3||47|
|7||FRA||Xavier REVIL||Christophe ESPAGNON||2||5||22||24||11||7||47|
|8||FRA||François MORVAN||Matthieu VANDAME||8||29||9||15||10||6||48|
|9||FRA||Matthieu SOUBEN||Gurvan BONTEMPS||5||28||11||9||20||12||57|
|10||PUR||Enrique FIGUEROA||Jorge HERNANDEZ||3||18||25||17||5||18||61|
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