The opening race yesterday was delayed by two and a half hours due to light winds. The nervous tension was increased when the first start was hampered by the appearance of other vessels on the racing area. For Nico DELLE-KARTH and Nikolaus RESCH (AUT) all these problems faded away when they scored the first bullet of the final series. Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) followed them in with LUKA and LEONCHUK claiming third place. DELLE-KARTH and RESCH were also right amongst the leaders in race two, eventually coming in behind the Ukrainians to take second place. An otherwise excellent day for the Austrians ended with a slightly disappointing 16th, but their opening two race results ensured the still moved up three places to sixth overall.
Marcus BAUR and Max GROY (GER) had an inconsistent qualifying series and yesterday continued in the same fashion. They followed finishes of 14 and 19 with a bullet in the day's final race to keep them seven overall. In contrast the SIBELLO brothers made a solid start and along with LUKA and LEONCHUK were the only team to score three top ten finishes yesterday moving them up to fourth overall. Alexandre MONTEAU and Damien GUILLOU (FRA) complete the top five with finishes of 17,4,14 dropping them down from the third place they held at the end of the qualifying series.
Two more day's of racing will decide the destination of the 49er World Championship trophy with a total of twelve final series races scheduled. Today's action can be followed in real time online as the boats have been attached with GPS units. The Championship website has further details.
Top Ten After Four Races
(*R1 score = team's points total at the end of the Qualifying Series)
|1||UKR||Rodion LUKA||George LEONCHUK||54||3||1||8||66|
|2||GER||Jan PECKOLT||Hannes PECKOLT||39||15||6||13||73|
|3||GBR||Chris DRAPER||Simon HISCOCKS||31||20||10||21||82|
|4||ITA||Pietro SIBELLO||Gianfranco SIBELLO||64||2||8||10||84|
|5||FRA||Alexandre MONTEAU||Damien GUILLOU||53||17||4||14||87|
|6||AUT||Nico DELLE-KARTH||Nikolaus RESCH||73||1||2||16||92|
|7||GER||Marcus BAUR||Max GROY||66||14||19||1||100|
|8||GBR||Stephen MORRISON||Ben RHODES||69||5||22||4||100|
|9||ESP||Alberto PADRON||Javier DE LA PLAZA||79||8||17||3||107|
|10||DEN||Allan NORREGARD CHRISTENSEN||Jonatan PERSSON||79||9||14||11||113|