Both of the highly acclaimed Spanish crews competing in the 62-boat fleet suffered early setbacks. Olympic gold and silver medallists Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez (ESP) posted a 17th in the opening race, although recovered somewhat with an eighth and a second place to lie 15th overall. Meanwhile 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup winners Federico Alonso and Arturo Alonso (ESP) are sixth places further back in 21st after opening scores of 11, 18, 4.
For the 29er World Championship fleet, sailing on the course held just east of the 49er course was quite challenging with shifting winds. Oscar Haumann and Klaus Holtug of Denmark lead the fleet with Pepe Bettini and Fernando Gwozdz of Argentina one point behind in second. Bettini remarked, "We had a huge lead and next thing we're in sixth…It's challenging sailing." Gael Jaffrezic and Julien Bloyet of France round out the top three.
Racing continues tomorrow in both classes with three races scheduled for all.
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