The day did not begin well for the Australians as the posted their worst score of the Opening Series with an 16th in race 8. Of their rivals at the top of the leaderboard, only the British crew of Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD fared worse, as they were caught across the line early and scored OCS (counting for 30 points). The Aussies improved in race 9, finishing third behind Kiwi young guns Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING and the Brits, but the crucial race proved to be race 10.
At this stage their closest rivals were the French team of Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET, who have excelled in the predominantly light wind conditions over the past week. However the French pair got off to a terrible start in race 10 and never recovered finishing 20th. WILMOT and PAGE crossed the line in 10th good enough to extend their overall points lead to an unbeatable 22 ahead of the Medal Race on Monday.
The Australian team's consistency proved the key to their success in Qingdao. They do not count one race win amongst their score for the ten-race early series, but with all single-digit finishes going into today they had more room to manoeuvre when the pressure was on.
The Dutch team of Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER also put in a strong performance today. Scores of 8, 4 and 2 lift them up to second overall, two points ahead of the French. ROGERS and GLANFIELD, silver medallists in Athens, are just three points further back.
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