Up the next windward leg they stayed together each trying to sniff the next shift before the others. Not much separated them at the next windward mark and again they set off for a repeat of the previous downwind leg that kept all the spectators attention. One seasoned observer said 'I would pay good money to watch this race'. SCHEIDT commented, 'I managed to catch the last wave to the downwind mark and round ahead of CASEY, LE BRETON and ROMERO. We all watched each other and finished in the same order.'
The wind dropped to 15 knots for the next race. SCHEIDT got out on the right hand side of the course early on and soon had an early lead. Approaching the windward mark he tacked under the lay line and was lifted into the mark while those further right overstood and he was ahead by 50 metres. From them on he was in his element and extended throughout the race to claim his biggest win of the series - 1 minute and 45 seconds ahead of 2003 World Champion, Gustavo LIMA from Portugal. He was so far ahead that when he returned to the shore with no other boats nearby some of his fans thought he had retired!
Four races remain in the Championship, with SCHEIDT now holding a massive lead after his closest rivals overnight Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) and Jeremie STEYART (FRA) fell to finishes of 11,6 and 5,20 respectively yesterday. However with only one discard from the final series allowed, nothing yet is secure for the Brazilian, whilst the battle for medals behind him is getting closer and closer.
Top Ten After Ten Races
|2||ARG||Diego Emilio ROMERO||5||7||2||3||(13)||(BFD)||3||1||4||3||28|