Australia's Thomas and Sophie Alexander lead the Cadet World Championship at the half way stage after another day of close racing in Weymouth Bay.
Day 3 of the Cadet Class World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy was sponsored by Frensham Pond SC in memory of Andrew Bridge and the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki
. Andrew was a keen Cadet sailor at Frensham and it was a fitting tribute that the fleet launched on a perfect morning for racing with him in their thoughts. A 15knt north-westerly chased the boats out of the harbour and into the bay where the Race Officer and his team were laying a trapezoidal course.
The first attempt at starting Race 5 produced a general recall, so it was no surprise to see the dreaded black flag hoisted once more for the second attempt. The flag claimed a couple of victims as the fleet got away and by the top of the first beat Cesar Smet and Emiel Marien (BEL) had established a small lead from Lucy and Cally Terkelsen (GBR) with Daisy and Hattie Collingridge (GBR) in third, Nahuel Ponce and Lucas Pruden (ARG) fourth and the series leaders Thomas and Sophie Alexander (AUS) fifth. By the time the boats reached the leeward gate for the first time Terkelsen and Terkelsen had taken the lead and the Alexanders had moved up to third.
As the race progressed the Terkelsen girls (GBR) established a good lead while behind them the Alexanders moved up to second. Igor Lvov and Maria Kulnashna (UKR) made the biggest gains and came through the fleet and into third. They continued their charge on the last lap, pulling through to finish second behind Terkelsen and Terkelsen (GBR), who won by a big margin. The Alexanders kept third, Mathwig and Henning (GER) took fourth and Daisy and Hattie Collingridge added another excellent fifth to the one they got in Race 3.
As Race 6 started the nearby weather front began to effect the conditions. An initial drop in the wind strength was quickly followed by it strengthening again under the low, black clouds that now rolled across the course. The lull in pressure quickly put to bed any suggestion that the Alexanders (AUS) are only good in strong winds - they read the conditions perfectly and were leading yet again by the windward mark.
As the race progressed their lead grew and grew, but a game of snakes and ladders developed in the rest of the fleet. Coming down to the finish the Australians' lead continued to grow and they took yet another convincing win. When the final results were published it was Lvov and Kulbashna (UKR) that had been awarded second, with Germany's Mathwig and Henning third.
At the half-way point in the competition Thomas and Sophie Alexander (AUS) lead by five points from Mathwig and Henning (GER) with GBR's Lucy and Cally Terkelsen a further 10 points back in third.
Once ashore the fleet enjoyed the customary daily prize-giving ceremony at which the presentations were made by Frensham Pond Sailing Club's Commodore, and ex-Cadet World Champion, Keith Videlo. Racing continues on Tuesday as the lay-day has been put back to Wednesday to make the best of the predicted weather.