In the following race defending champions and Olympic gold medallists Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) scored their best results of an otherwise disappointing start to the Championship, beating challenges from Alexandre MONTEAU and Damien GUILLOU (FRA) and MORRISON and RHODES to take victory.
|Chris DRAPER and Simon
HISCOCKS, pictured at the
Olympic Games, are off to a
flier in the 49er Worlds
© MENAHEM KAHANA/
Jonas WARRER and Martin KIRKETERP (DEN) lie second overall after a solid performance yesterday built on their opening day salvo of four top five finishes. In third overall, MORRISON and RHODES are just three points behind the Danes, whilst Jan Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT (GER) are just a further three points behind them in fourth. MONTEAU and GUILLOU round out the top five, tied on points with Olympic silver medallists Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR), who had a good day, recording finishes of 3,10,2,2.
'Very difficult races,' confessed Germany's Tomas REIN, currently lying 22nd with crew Patrick BOEHMER. 'The water area is not wide, if the wind is strong you cannot develop high speed before the turning point, you have to change tactics and I personally have a limited experience on river water areas.'
Four more races are scheduled for the final day of the qualification series today, before a lay day gives the competitors a break before the final series on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Top Ten After Eight Races
|1||GBR||Chris DRAPER||Simon HISCOCKS||Yellow||1||(11)||4||5||1||6||1||4||22|
|2||DEN||Jonas WARRER||Martin KIRKETERP||Red||3||5||3||2||2||6||(19)||7||28|
|3||GBR||Stephen MORRISON||Ben RHODES||Red||2||11||(20)||3||1||3||2||9||31|
|4||GER||Jan PECKOLT||Hannes PECKOLT||Yellow||5||1||1||3||7||(15)||11||6||34|
|5||FRA||Alexandre MONTEAU||Damien GUILLOU||Red||6||9||1||(15)||8||2||7||5||38|
|6||UKR||Rodion LUKA||George LEONCHUK||Yellow||3||9||(10)||9||3||10||2||2||38|
|7||AUT||Nico DELLE-KARTH||Nikolaus RESCH||Red||(19)||6||5||1||5||7||7||13||44|
|8||DEN||Allan NORREGARD CHRISTENSEN||Jonatan PERSSON||Yellow||9||8||2||9||(27)||4||9||14||55|
|9||ESP||Alberto PADRON||Javier DE LA PLAZA||Red||5||13||(17)||1||5||5||15||14||58|
|10||ITA||Pietro SIBELLO||Gianfranco SIBELLO||Yellow||2||10||15||4||4||12||11||(24)||58|