The light winds returns on day five at the 470 Worlds in Melbourne resulting in another shake up at the top of the leaderboard.
It's been a week of mixed fortunes so far for defending 470 World Champions Nathan WILMOT
and Malcolm PAGE
The Aussie men, lining up for a record fourth World title tilt this week at the Mordialloc Sailing Club, admitted they can't find an answer for their up and down results thus far. Their results speak for themselves at the end of day five at the Worlds, with contrasting finishes today of 20th and first among the top 33 in the gold fleet.
It was the world #1 ranked pair's first victory for the week and it elevated them into outright seventh position, 25 points behind the leaders with two finals races and one Medal Race worth double points to come.
"I'm not entirely sure we deserve to be seventh,"
PAGE said today. "Our preparation's been great and I can't say we've been sailing badly but we just can't seem to take a trick,"
"We got off to a good start in the first race and were a bit slow up the first work but then we got headed by a couple of boats at the mark which cost us about 15 boats. In the second race everyone overlayed the mark but we were the first ones to realize, so that worked in our favour,"
It was a mixed day for most out on the water, with the top of the leaderboard changing yet again.
Day four leaders Nick ROGERS
and Joe GLANFIELD
(GBR) dropped to outright third position on 46 points after a 12th and fifth but remain optimistic about their chances.
"It was crazy, unpredictable light winds out there today which makes it really hard to stay consistent,"
"We don't really mind losing the lead as long as we're still in with a chance to win,"
the Athens silver medallist added.
and Udi GAL
(ISR) continued to climb the ladder and after second and 11th are now in outright second position on 45 points, four points behind new fleet leaders Alvaro MARINHO
and Miguel NUNES
MARINHO and NUNES crossed the line in second place twice and have been among the world's most consistent 470 crews for the past five years but are yet to crack it for a World title.
They are yet to post a podium result at the Worlds, although they did finished in fourth place last year and in 2003.
Sail Melbourne Asia Pacific Regatta winners Erin MAXWELL
and Isabelle KINSOLVING
(USA) continued their outstanding form at the top of the Women's 470 World Championships leaderboard.
MAXWELL and KINSOLVING out-muscled 470 heavyweights Marcelien DE KONING
and Lobke BERKHOUT
(NED), who had appeared to be on course for their fourth consecutive World title.
It was much lighter conditions today and the Americans admitted that, while they were not chosen to head to Beijing, they were here to prove a point to themselves.
"If we win the World titles we'll be a whole lot less bummed about missing selection for the Olympics,"
"We didn't want to stop sailing after such a downer, so we picked ourselves up and want to finish on a more positive note,"
MAXWELL added with a smile.
The Dutch girls could manage only a 10th and 18th and are now four points behind on 43, three points clear of Aussie girls Elise RECHICHI
and Tessa PARKINSON
RECHICHI and PARKINSON rose from fifth to outright third position with fabulous finishes today in fifth and second place.
Italian crew Giulia CONTI
and Giovanna MICOL
remain in contention on 48 points, with two finals races remaining, followed by a double points Medal Race for the top ten competitors on Wednesday.
Racing is scheduled to start at 13:00 tomorrow.
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