With just six races scheduled for the Championship a good start was vital in the first two races yesterday. Light and shifty winds provided tricky conditions although this did not seem to affect the favourites in the opening race.
Mark MENDELBLATT and Mark STRUBE (USA) got off to a flier and took the bullet in race one followed by World Champions Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA), with reigning European Champions and number one team in the Rankings, Frederik LÖÖF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) eventually finishing third after leading early on. With PERCY and MITCHELL recovering from 30th around the first mark to finish fifth behind Benny ANDERSEN and Mogens JUST (DEN), it seemed as if the favourites were going to take the Championship by the scruff of the neck.
Race two took place in even lighter winds and turned the tables on the big names, with the leaderboard top three all finishing way down in the fleet. LÖÖF and EKSTROM fared best at 22 whilst ROHART and RAMBEAU dropped to 42 and MENDELBLATT and STRUBE 68. With just one discard coming into consideration after race five, all three teams will now know there is absolutely no margin for error.
DOMINGOS and SANTOS finished sixth in race one and followed that up with a bullet, although they only just managed to squeeze in six minutes within the time limit of three and a half hours. Two fifth places put PERCY and MITCHELL second, three points behind, and these top two have already pulled out an eight point gap over the rest of the fleet as the teams struggle to find consistency. Behind SPITZAUER and LUZLBAUER in third are two German teams lead by Thomas SCHIFFER and Niel HEUTSCHEL with Alexander HAGEN and Kay FALKENTHAL fifth. Despite their finish of 22 LÖÖF and EKSTROM remain the top Swedish team in sixth, 18 points behind the leaders.
Amongst some of the other big names two time Finn Olympic medallist Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ with crew Dominik ZYCKI (POL) is seventh, ROHART and RAMBEAU are 16th, winners of the ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship Robert STANJEK and Markus KOY (GER) are 22, whilst MENDELBLATT and STRUBE lie 35th.
Two more races are scheduled for today before the lay day tomorrow and one race each on Thursday and Friday.
Top Ten After Two Races
|1||POR||Afonso DOMINGOS||Bernardo SANTOS||6||1||7|
|2||GBR||Iain PERCY||Steve MITCHELL||5||5||10|
|3||AUT||Hans SPITZAUER||Adi LUZLBAUER||9||9||18|
|4||GER||Thomas SCHIFFER||Niels HEUTSCHEL||18||2||20|
|5||GER||Alexander HAGEN||Kay FALKENTHAL||17||3||20|
|6||SWE||Fredrik LÖÖF||Anders EKSTRÖM||3||22||25|
|7||POL||Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ||Dominik ZYCKI||14||12||26|
|8||SWE||Mats JOHANSSON||Leif MÖLLER||7||20||27|
|9||DEN||Benny ANDERSEN||Mogens JUST||4||27||31|
|10||USA||George SZABO||Christian FINNSGÅRD||24||8||32|