Alfredo CAPODANNO and Vittorio PAPA (ITA) were the outstanding performers of the day. The pair had struggle on Wednesday following a seventh with finishes of 26 and 42. In yesterday's opening race a 16th suggested nothing had changed before they blasted back with two bullets to send them shooting up the leaderboard into second place.
Peter BURLING and Bruce KENNEDY (NZL) also had a good day with three top ten finishes moving them up to third overall, one point ahead of Pablo SANTURDE and Abelardo QUEVEDO (ESP).
Three races are scheduled for the final day of the Championship today. After the conclusion of the first race today the second discard will be introduced. As things stand CAPODANNO and PAPA look set to benefit from this and if they can finish in front of SILVA and GOMES in race nine they will move to the top of the leaderboard.
2005 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions, Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD (FRA) are gradually reeling in leaders Maria Stella TURIZIO and Maria Carolina RENDANO (ITA) in the women's fleet. However the young pair now have only two more races to overcome the nine point deficit that separates them from the top spot.
LUMEAU and BOSSARD had an inconspicuous start to the day finishing 16, four points behind their Italian rivals. However they came back strongly, finishing 6 and 5 in the next two races, although it looks likely that they will have to improve on those finishes to have a chance of taking the title today. TURIZIO and RENDANO followed up their twelfth in race eight with a fourth place to extend their lead at the top, before they slipped to 14 in race ten bringing them back within sight of the rest of the fleet.
Since their fantastic start to the Championship Jo BRIGG and Mary ROOK (GBR) have been plagued by inconsistent finishes. Yesterday was no different as they opened up with finishes of 46 and 12 to lose their second place to LUMEAU and BOSSARD. They came back strongly in race ten however, finishing second to move back to within one point of second place and ten of the lead.
Two final races are scheduled for the women today and if either LUMEAU and BOSSARD or BRIGG and ROOK can find their winning form then the Italian leaders could yet falter.
Open Top Ten After Eight Races
|1||POR||Tomas SILVA||Francisco GOMES||14||(DSQ)||1||1||9||1||12||7||45|
|2||ITA||Alfredo CAPODANNO||Vittorio PAPA||3||2||7||26||(42)||16||1||1||56|
|3||NZL||Peter BURLING||Bruce KENNEDY||4||1||17||(23)||22||10||4||6||64|
|4||ESP||Pablo SANTURDE||Abelardo QUEVEDO||2||6||19||18||13||(OCS)||5||2||65|
|5||FRA||Alex BISHOP||Pierre BOMBRAY||21||3||(42)||29||1||7||7||12||80|
|6||POR||Salvador BURNAY||Joao DUARTE||6||(DSQ)||18||17||6||2||26||13||88|
|7||FRA||Thomas RAHIER||Mathieu RAHIER||34||7||9||16||(18)||13||13||3||95|
|8||USA||Adam ROBERTS||Nick MARTIN||12||9||4||35||7||24||8||(43)||99|
|9||FRA||Antoine GUILLOU||Vincent GUILLARM||5||(DSQ)||2||28||16||18||27||5||101|
|10||GER||Nico KOEHLER||Jannik FRITZ||16||13||14||25||2||31||2||(41)||103|
Women's Top Ten After Ten Races
|1||ITA||Maria Stella TURIZIO||Maria Carolina RENDANO||(15)||11||3||1||(21)||1||7||12||4||14||53|
|2||FRA||Marie LUMEAU||Claire BOSSARD||7||13||11||(15)||5||12||3||(16)||6||5||62|
|3||GBR||Jo BRIGG||Mary ROOK||1||2||2||17||4||23||(25)||(46)||12||2||63|
|4||FRA||Delphine MACAIRE||Chloe GOUGEON||6||5||18||5||18||(55)||5||7||23||(35)||87|
|5||GBR||Maria STANLEY||Catherine ALTON||26||19||(BFD)||2||3||(46)||1||13||17||10||91|
|6||ITA||Benedetta DANTI||Lisa LARDANI||(31)||(31)||20||7||7||3||14||14||16||12||93|
|7||POR||Piedade COLACO||Diana NEVES||17||12||13||(BFD)||24||(48)||10||3||2||15||96|
|8||FRA||Marina LAULANET||Mathilde GAYON||9||3||17||39||(46)||11||17||(45)||3||9||108|
|9||GBR||Joanne MACDONALD||Laurie MARSDEN||5||6||22||(BFD)||6||28||(42)||27||7||13||114|
|10||FRA||Delhia SEURIN||Lorraine MANLAY||8||(27)||(33)||24||14||26||6||11||14||23||126|