We asked Stephane Christidis what their secret was... "It's funny because we have been competing against each other for the last 15 years, and then we decided to start working together and it was a great decision. We're feeling really good at the moment, we're working well on the water and we were glad to have two weeks ahead of this event based in Weymouth for some training. We had a chance to understand the courses and conditions and get a better understanding of the event."
"The speed of the boat is really good and we're pleased with our performance so far. Of course there is always a little bit of luck out there. It's good to start the week well, we want to show the French Sailing Federation that we can get good results and we are looking for a podium finish at this event. The competition is tough here in Weymouth, the Kiwis are doing really well and are a team to watch, as are the Australians so we have to keep working hard. We've had a great start but nothing is done yet. This is a very important event for us, there are many, many teams here who are all looking to perform, so we need to stay focused and really concentrate at this event, I hope we can keep it up."
The second members of France's golden trio were the 470 duo of Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos, who also scored double bullets today, and added them to a first and third from yesterday to lead World Champions, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) by eight points. Almost as dominant was Jonathan Lobert (FRA) in the Finn class, adding another second place to the first and second that he scored yesterday. It puts him 17 points clear of Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma in second - not bad after just three races.
Jonathan Lobert said afterwards, "Today it was ok, overall I'm still leading but it was tough out there today. I've been training really hard this year and I think it is starting to pay off, I've been training with my team mate Thomas [Le Breton], which is great, and I think we're doing a good job out there." Ben Ainslie (GBR) will probably be grateful that someone else is getting the attention, so he can get on with his comeback quietly - which is why we had to mention him; Ainslie was 12th today and now lies sixth overall.
Elsewhere, the Kiwi Star pairing of Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk - winners of both of yesterday's races - slipped from their pedestal a little with a ninth today, but still lead overall from European champions Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy (GER).
The Dutch Sonar team of Udo Hessels, Marcel van der Veen and Mischa Rossen followed up two bullets with a second and a third, and now lead the British team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stevie Thomas by just three points.
Also slipping a little were Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Veronika Fenclová (CZE) in the Laser Radial - both girls winning their two races yesterday - today Bouwmeester won another, and then got a seventh in the final race, while Fenclova only managed a fifth and an eighth. Bouwmeester now leads Fenclova by four points.
Another two races were sailed in the Women's 470 division and the Japanese Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata have taken the lead with consistent results of two fifths to take a narrow lead over current World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED). Current SWC standings leaders Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux of France are third.
Petitjean explains, "The first race for us was good, we had moderate wind and then conditions increased during the race, then there was a big change in the second race today as the wind increased a lot. For us the second race wasn't as good. We didn't have the best start and had to play catch up so as a result we lost a few places which is frustrating, but we are still in the game."
A second and a fourth was enough for the current Olympic champion, Paul Goodison (GBR) to take a narrow lead in the Laser fleet after two more races sailed today, relegating day one leader Andrew Murdoch (NZL) to second. Former double world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) relished the blustery conditions to score two bullets and jump up to fourth overall.
The RS:X boards were really flying out on race course B in he harbour. Three sailors share the lead in the Men's RS:X fleet, Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED), Nick Dempsey (GBR) and João Rodrigues (POR). In the Women's RS:X fleet, defending Skandia Sail for Gold champion and current Sailing World Cup standings leader, Blanca Manchon (ESP) has taken an early controlling position in the RS:X Women's fleet from Charline Picon (FRA) in second.
The 24 Women's Match Racing teams have had a long hard day on the water, the race committee managed to get some flights finished early in the day when the wind was relatively light. It then dropped too much and the fleet was sent ashore only to be recalled to race late into the evening in strong breezes of 20-25 knots with gusts even stronger. The top teams are starting to show their strength and yet again it is the French team that are showing the way. Claire Leroy has a 7-0 score whilst Anne Claire Anne-Claire Le Berre has a 4-0 scoreline. Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) are also yet to drop a match so far in the preliminary rounds.
Even in the inner harbour courses the gusty conditions and chop on the race course provided testing conditions for the 21 boat 2.4mR class. After four races Damien Seguin of France and Thierry Schmitter (NED) are locked in battle with identical race results. The Skuds did not complete any further races today so the current results remain the same
NB: Results are subject to outstanding protests and are therefore provisional.
Results - Top Five - (results conditional on protest
470 Woman Results (After four races)
1st Kondo and Tabata JPN 21 points
2nd Westerhof and Berkhout NED 23 points
3rd Petitjean and Douroux FRA 38 points
4th Koch and Sommer DEN 40 points
5th Rol and DeFrance FRA 45 points
470 Men Results (After four races)
1st Leboucher and Garos FRA 6 points
2nd Belcher and Page AUS 14 points
3rd Patience and Bithell 15 points
4th Fantela and Marenic CRO 19 points
5th Calabrese and De la Fuente 24 points
49er Results (After five races for the Yellow fleet and three for the Blue fleet )
1st Dyen and Christidis FRA 8 points
2nd Burling and Tuke NZL 15 points
3rd Sibello and Sibello ITA 26 points
4th Phillips and Phillips AUS 32 points
5th Pink and Peacock GBR 35 points
Finn Results (After three races)
1st Lobert FRA 5 points
2nd Postma NED 22 points
3rd Gaspic CRO 22 points
4th Railey USA 23 points
5th Le Breton FRA 27 points
Laser Results - (After four races)
1st Goodison GBR 12 points
2nd Murdoch NZL 14 points
3rd De Haas NED 18 points
4th Slingsby AUS 23 points
5th Leigh CAN 26 points
Laser Radial Results (After four races)
1st Bouwmeester NED 11 points
2nd Fenclova CZE 15 points
3rd Van Acker BEL 15 points
4th De Turckheim FRA 16 points
5th Steyaert FRA 19 points
RS:X Men Results - (After four races)
1st Van Rijsselberge NED 10 points
2nd Dempsey GBR 10 points
3rd Rodrigues POR 10 points
4th Tobin NZL 14 points
5th Mashiah ISR 15 points
RS:X Women Results (After four races)
1st Manchon ESP 13 points
2nd Picon FRA 17 points
3rd Tartaglini ITA 18 points
4th Shaw GBR 26 points
5th Linares ITA 30 points
Star results - (After three races)
1st Pepper and Monk NZL 11 points
2nd Polgar and Koy GER 14 points
3rd Florent and Rambeau FRA 21 points
4th Grael and Ferreira BRA 24 points
5th Scheidt and Prada BRA 25 points
Women's Match Racing
1. Leroy, Riou and Bertrand FRA 7-0
2. Souter, Curtis and Price AUS 6-1
3. Macgregor, Lush and Macgregor GBR 5-0
4. Spithill, Eastwell and Farrell AUS 5-1
5. Tunicliffe, Vandemer and Capozzi USA 4-0
6. Le Berre, Ponsor and Ponge FRA 4-0
2.4mR Results - (After four races)
1st Damien FRA 6 points
2nd Schmitter NED 6 points
3rd Kol NED 12 points
4th Tingley CAN 26 points
5th Bugg Aus 28 points
Skud-18 Results - (After two races)
1st Rickham and Birrell GBR 3 points
2nd Fitzgibbon and Cox AUS 3 points
3rd McRoberts and Hopkin CAN 6 points
4th Hovden and Millward GBR 8 points
5th Hall and Faulks GBR 10 points
Sonar Results - (After four races)
1st Hessels and Rossen NED 7 points
2nd Robertson and Stodel GBR 10 points
3rd Kroker and Prem GER 12 points
4th Wang-hansen and Kristiansen NOR 17 points
5th Doerr and Freud USA 21 points
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