VON DER BANK was a surprise leader after day one and took 'his personal time off' in the first race yesterday scoring a DNF. 'I was hit by a strong wind shift on the wrong side,' explained the 38 year old, 'and when I found myself in the upper forties I thought it might be best to simply give up.'
Championship favourite HAMILTON seemingly took his chance to battle to a finish of 15. He then scored a bullet in race five to take the lead of the Championship on 19 points. However an incident in race four with John BROWETT (GBR), meant HAMILTON incurred a 20% Scoring Penalty under rule 44.3 of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, which bumped his score in race four up to 38 and saw him tumble down the leaderboard.
VON DER BANK's closest challenger is now Giovanni BONZIO (ITA), who is tied on points with the German after a fourth and sixth place yesterday. Defending World Champion Andrea BONEZZI (ITA) lies third a further four points back. In a very tightly fought series so far the top nine are separated by only nine points meaning there is still plenty of excitement to come in Travemünder.
Top Ten After Five Races
|1||GER||Jan VON DER BANK||1||5||4||(DNF)||12||22|