Helena LUCAS (GBR) who had an excellent start in Denmark, like KRÖGER, had her worst day yesterday with a ninth and a 13 - the first time she has finished outside the top ten. LUCAS is in fourth overall ahead of another Brit Megan PASCOE and the USA's Nick SANDONE who had a phenomenal day yesterday to take second in race seven and the bullet in race eight, a dramatic improvement on his results previously of which only two were in the top ten.
It's been close at the top of the three-person keelboat fleet throughout this championship but the competitors are now poised for a thrilling final day. Leaders since day one Jostein STORDAHL, Aleksander WANG-HANSEN and Per Eugen KRISTIANSEN (NOR) slipped up yesterday and marred their scorecard crammed with first, seconds and thirds by finishing tenth in race seven and fourth in race eight. Their lead over John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS (GBR) is therefore down to just one point as the trio continued their consistent performance.
Six points behind the British team are Jens KROKER, Holger SCHÖNENBERG and Tobias SCHUETZ (GER) who took their second bullet of the championship yesterday in race eight. Four points behind them in fourth are the 2004 Paralympic gold medallists Dror COHEN, Efrati ARNON and Benny VEXLER (ISR) who have not performed to their usual exceptional standard. A medal is still within their grasp and their will be racing hard to get on that podium later today.
Only one race is scheduled for Sunday so it's going to be a nail-biting conclusion to this closely fought championship.
2.4 Metre Top Ten After Eight Races
|8||NED||Ruud VAN HOLSTEIJN||15||10||10||5||9||6||8||12||60|
|8||DEN||Jens ALS ANDERSEN||7||6||9||DNF||12||8||10||8||60|
Sonar Top Ten After Eight Races
|1||NOR||Jostein STORDAHL||Aleksander WANG-HANSEN||Per Eugen KRISTIANSEN||3||1||2||1||3||1||10||4||15|
|2||GBR||John ROBERTSON||Hannah STODEL||Stephen THOMAS||2||3||1||2||4||2||2||7||16|
|3||GER||Jens KROKER||Holger SCHÖNENBERG||Tobias SCHUETZ||5||9||3||4||1||3||5||1||22|
|4||ISR||Dror COHEN||Efrati ARNON||Benny VEXLER||1||2||8||3||2||DNF||4||6||26|
|5||ISR||Tzur AVI||Pertzman BARUCH||Dahan SHIOMO||4||5||10||6||10||DNF||1||3||39|
|6||IRL||John C. TWOMEY||Brian O'MAHONY||Anthony HEGARTY||11||6||4||9||6||DNC||3||2||41|
|6||GER||Olaf JAKOBS||Hans-Peter REICHL||Peter MÜNTER||6||4||6||5||7||4||9||10||41|
|8||CAN||Ken KELLY||Brian MACKIE||Don TERLSON||10||7||5||8||8||6||6||11||50|
|9||IRL||Paul MCCARTHY||Paul RYAN||Chris TOMAS||7||10||9||DSQ||5||5||8||8||52|
|10||ESP||Enrique VIVES||Jose Maria LASTRA||Francisco PEREZ||8||8||7||7||DNF||DNC||7||9||62|