And they are not all male. Alexandra MALONEY (NZL) finished off a fine consistent series to take overall bronze and the girls' prize well ahead of Lara VADLAU (AUT). Rachel LEE (SIN) had a superb 5,6 to snatch girls' bronze.
Benjamin GREZ of Chile started the day with the handicap of a low second discard and could do nothing once STEELE kept his nerve. Silver is however a great result for a relatively small and remote fleet. 2006 champion Julian AUTENRIETH (GER) showed great character to fight back from his disastrous OCS,34,39 in the earlier light weather races to finish fourth.
Of the 13 races five have been in light winds and the remainder in stronger stuff, including one race where 32 knots were recorded. It has been one of the best tests of all-round skills. . . . possibly the best since the last time the Optimist fleet visited Sardinia.