Boats raced in two groups, red and green, established by the Seeding Committee.
Amongst the red group the battle in race one soon turned into a three way competition between Eyal LEVIN and Yam AMIR (ISR), Luca and Roberto DUBBINI (ITA) and Johny MCGOVERN and Tom MAPPLEBECK (GBR). It was the Brits who came up on top taking the bullet, although they have been unable to repeat that performance since and lie 13th overall.
In the green group Michal WYOSOCKI and Piotr MALINOWSKY (POL) took an early lead whilst FANTELA and MARENIC found themselves some way behind the leading group. However the Croatian pair are sailing on top form at the moment and speed past the leaders to take a narrow win over Greece's Vasilas GEORGIOS and Evangelos MITTAKIS.
FANTELA and MARENIC took an early lead in race two before a sudden windshift on the approach to the first windward mark suddenly relegated them to sixth position. Once again they fought back, although they could not haul in race winners Bertrand NUN and Nicolas ANDRIEU (FRA) and had to settle for second place.
In the red group LEVIN and AMIR took the bullet in race two to claim the lead after day one.
Day two started with excellent conditions for sailing, with a southwest wind of 13-14 knots. FANTELA and MARENIC took full advantage winning both races in the green group to take the overall lead of the fleet. LEVIN and AMIR dropped to seventh place in race three, but another bullet in race four keeps them in touch with the leaders. A second and a third place sees GEORGIOS and MITTAKIS rise to third overall.
The final day of the qualifying series takes place today before the final series from 30 July-2 August.
Top Ten After Four Races
|1||CRO||Sime FANTELA||Igor MARENIC||Red||1||(2)||1||1||3|
|2||ISR||Eyal LEVIN||Yam AMIR||Green||2||1||(7)||1||4|
|3||GRE||Vasilas GEORGIOS||Evangelos MITTAKIS||Green||2||(6)||3||2||7|
|4||FRA||Alexandre ROSSIGNOL||David BOUDGOURD||Red||(8)||5||5||2||12|
|5||BLR||Daniil ADZINTSOV||Yury POLZIN||Red||4||(10)||4||4||12|
|6||POL||Patryk PIASECKI||Jacek PRZYBYLAK||Green||7||3||3||(BFD)||13|
|7||FRA||Nicolas DURON||Sebastien DURAN||Green||5||4||6||(10)||15|
|8||ISR||Gerber GAL||Yaral BOTZER||Red||9||(10)||1||7||17|
|9||ITA||Luca DUBBINI||Roberto DIBBANI||Red||3||6||8||(10)||17|
|10||FRA||Loic LE Bacquer||Brice BAIZEZ||Green||7||3||8||(13)||18|