The Netherlands' Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen established their spot at the top of the 14-boat Sonar fleet after another consistent day that included their second race win.
After two protests mixed the leader board up late on 2 August the Dutch trio had a good lead coming into the third day of racing. And with two more good races they capitalised to take a 10 point into the final five races.
"We're only half way through the regatta with five races to go,"
said Hessels. "We just need to keep going with the same tactics."
Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR) won the days second race and move up into second place whilst Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary and Eric Flageul move into the top three despite an 11th in Race 5.
"We had problems with speed, but we did really well this afternoon (in the second race),"
said Jourdren. "We're still in the running - we're in line for the bronze."
In the days first race Hessels held off a sustained challenge from Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson (USA) and sailed to victory in 67 minutes, with the American crew finishing second and Vasilis Christoforou, Theodoros Alexas and Anargyros Notaroglou (GRE) third.
The second race of the day was sailed in eight knots, the strongest breeze of the day. The surprise front runners early on in the race were Japan's Shinya Yamamoto, Tsuneo Aso and Katsuya Nishiyama (JPN) who recovered from having to return from a premature start by chancing their luck on the right of the first leg as the rest of the fleet went left.
Their gamble paid off and the crew who sit in last place overall enjoyed a taste of the action at the front of the pack, rounding the first mark in second behind the Norwegians.
But the Japanese challenge for glory faded after the second mark, leaving the Norwegians to battle with the French in second and the Dutch in third. These three stalked each other throughout the 65-minute race, with The Norwegian trio keeping ahead to win, the French finishing second and the Dutch crew third.
After a disqualification on the second day of racing for Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Stephen Churm things worsened for the early leaders on the third day as they recorded an eighth and a ninth to fall to fifth overall.
The fleet continue racing tomorrow at 11:20 local time.
1. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen & Mischa Rossen (NED) - 13pts
2. Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg & Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR) - 19pts
3. Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary & Eric Flageul (FRA) - 21pts
4. Paul Callahan, Tom Brown & Bradley Johnson (USA) - 22pts
5. Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris & Stephen Churm (AUS) - 23pts
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