The Marina di Grosseto racing waters, currently hosting the Formula 18 Worlds 2013, delivered a splendid day's racing today.
After yesterday's rain forced the committee to halt the action after just one start, today a 9 to 15-knot westerly and a calm sea served up the perfect conditions for the 161 teams entered to showcase their talents. The race committee successfully started all three races planned for today for each of the two groups into which the large fleet of Formula 18 catamarans is divided, delivering both public and crews a truly unique day's sailing.
The undisputed star of the whole day, however, was Brit Hugh Styles (crew Richard Mason) on GBR 7, who, thanks to one win, one second and a third place, shot all the way up to the top of the overall standings with just five points. After a second position garnered yesterday, the British team today proved they are capable of delivering superbly consistent results, securing their reputation as one of the two favourites to take overall victory.
Now lying second in the overall standings, on six points, are Francois Gabart and Matthieu Vandame (FRA 301), courtesy of one win and one third-place finish from today (the BDF in race 2 was cancelled out by the discard). This means that the French team now lies ahead of their fellow countrymen Bontemps-Amiot (FRA 004) who are currently on 7 points and thus take the third step on the podium ahead of a third French duo, Besson-Lagarrigue (FRA 1796).
Mitch and Jordi Booth (ESP 1910), however, slipped down to seventh position on 15 points as, after yesterday's win, they could only manage an 8th, a 6th and an 11th (discard) today.
Mischa Heemskerk (OLA 1796) also had a fantastic day, taking home two wins and an 18th-place finish. However, the Dutchwoman also paid a high price for her disqualification from yesterday's race 1, slipping down to 11th in the overall standings.
The best performance of today from the large group of Italian teams racing came from Bissaro-Cesari (ITA 13) who, thanks to a 4th, a 14th and a 9th position, are now in 13th position, while De Paoli-Stella (ITA 3) are 17th and Radman-Cioni (ITA 23) are 22nd.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 July 2013, brings the final two qualifying heats at 12:00 with the gold and silver finals series beginning in the afternoon.