New Zealand's Jo ALEH has stolen the overall lead of the Laser Radial fleet from world #1 Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) after a second place finish in Saturday's sole race.
's scorecard is impressive - a fourth and a trio of second places remaining after dropping her worst score, a 22nd place.
ALEH is a well known specialist in light wind conditions, a reputation she lived up in Saturday's race as she gain places on the final run as the wind dropped from 9 to 5 knots.
"I stayed in front almost the entire race. The tide was very strong on the last downwind and if it was not for the huge shift that came from the left, I would not have finished well,"
(LTU) won Friday's race 4 and did so again in race 5, taking her to second place, three points behind ALEH.
"I benefited on the second downwind leg again, like I did yesterday [Friday],"
VOLUNGEVICIUTE said. "The others tacked a lot, I stayed patient again, which is why I might be in second place."
(USA), who is now third overall and 10 points off the lead, did not seem too rattled with her lead loss. "I sailed conservatively because I didn't want to take any risks. I will follow my plan and we will see what happens. We're only half way through,"
Although the world #1 skipper has dropped to third place overall her strategy appears to be working and she still looks to be a strong position with no score worse than sixth so far. These means the American can afford one bad race, a luxury that amongst the leaders is only share by VOLUNGEVICIUTE.
's (CHN) fifth place puts her in fourth overall, just four points behind TUNNICLIFFE. After a slow start, XU, World Champion in 2006 and runner up this year, is quietly making her way to the top of the leaderboard.
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