Moritz 'My brother and I had clear heads, we started strongly, and just kept the good work up, we lost some ground down wind, but due to our upwind speed we were able to keep ahead. Both my brother and I are having good discussions on the boat, this does not always happen, but we both had big smiles, and really enjoyed the conditions.'
However in the second start confidence got the better of them and they registered an OCS and pulled out at the top mark. Georgios VASILAS and Evangelos MITAKIS (GRE) showed great form sailing a very smart tactical race against another German team Max DZEMBRITZKI and Fabian BAUMGARTEN who pushed them to the limit. FANTELA and MARENIC were again in the top pack and picked up another third place.
Emanuelle ROL and Anne-Sophie THILO (SUI) had a great day having a 14th and a 10th, showing a lot of the men how it's done. Manu: 'we are so happy, this is a great place to sail and we both have such a good attitude, it is a goal of ours to try and beat as many of the boys as we can, we had some German guys in front of us and they we pumping so much: they could not bear to be beaten by a couple of girls (laugh). We are keeping really cool, and enjoy the fight. We are just enjoying the mixed groups, Men and Women.'
Poland and Israel Enjoy the Breeze
The Blue fleet started right after the Yellow. The first race they did an inner loop. The wind steady at 14 to 16 knots. An full speed race. Patriyk PIASECKI and Kacper ZIEMINSKI (POL) once again had blinding speed to really lead the pack in the first race. Both who are from Mragowa Olszten in the north east of Poland, have been training at home every day for this event. Patriyk: 'Kacper and I have been sailing together for two years. We have really good speed in the windier conditions. We have to work harder than most in the lulls and find every shift'. Levine EYAL and Amir YAM (ISR) came in second place, narrowly beating Tomazs JANUSEWSKI and Marcin MICKIEWICZ (POL).
The second race the Blue fleet went off first and they did the outer loop. The wind was slowly shifting to the right as the day progressed, this caught some off guard. But the ever Present EYAL and YAM dominated. A showing from the Russian men, Greek Women and yet another German team was sure to mix up all the final placings. During the second half of this race the wind began to get a little patchy and the sailors were left to look for the windier areas. EYAL and YAM (ISR) sailed a great race only to lengthen their winning margin on the last reach beating Patrick FOLLMAN and Nico LUTZ(GER) who came in second place. Third place went to the RussianS Artem BASALKIN and Maxim SHEREMTYEV. Anthi ECONOMOU and Olga TSIGARIDI (GRE) scored a sixth place. Anthi: 'We had a really bad race in race one, so we had to come back with a really good second race result. We were up in the leading bunch for quite some time, and then lost few places. We are much better sailors in lighter conditions. But are really happy to have come in the top ten position. We are going to try and do it again tomorrow.'
After four races, EYAL and YAM (ISR), FANTELA and MARENIC (CRO) and PIASECKI and ZIEMINSKI (POL) are tied at the top on four points apiece.
Today (25 July) is the last day of qualification where the top 41 sailors will go into the gold fleet and battle out for a top ten finals position.