As is usual on regatta lay days, the competitors in the International 14 Worlds had their own ideas about how to spend their time. Some decided to play cards, while the championship leaders had a little boat work to do, followed by some fishing.
Others went cycling, but the most popular activity was a visit to Mount Koya, the sanctuary of the Shingon Esoteric tradition.
This entailed a two hour coach drive, including a 12 mile climb up the 3,000 foot high mountain, and those who made the trip were rewarded with a fascinating insight into the religions and culture of Japan.
Tomorrow (Saturday), we return to the serious business of the World Championship, with two more races scheduled to be sailed on the day, before the final race in the series takes place on Sunday. Rob Greenhalgh and Dan Johnson, with three first places and one third place, are sitting pretty at the top of the standings, and have a 13 point lead over Archie Massey and George Nurton.
It is a rather amazing statistic that there is no larger gap than 13 points between any two succeeding boats in the entire 56 boat fleet. While this by no means guarantees that Rob and Dan will be the winners when the final scores are counted, for the simple reason that anything can happen sailing, we can certainly say that they are looking good; especially when we consider that their worst placing is a third, and only two other boats in the fleet have so far achieved anything better than a third place.
Perhaps it would make more sense to say that with such small gaps in the standings right down the list, everyone has a chance to improve their position, and we can expect to see some exciting racing in the next two days.