Another beautiful, sunny, hot day in the high 20s near the water and 30s inland, unusually high temperatures for this time of year in Vancouver. Winds in the morning were around 4 knots rising by later afternoon to 14 knots.
Most skippers changed down to B rigs and then, by the start of Race 7 heats, skippers had to fight to get over the finish line facing because of a substantial current. There was a slight delay in Race 7 while skippers changed up to their A rigs to compensate for the current. By afternoon, many competitors and officials are sporting lots of sunburned skin, with the backs of legs and tops of feet (in sandals) being the hardest hit!!!
Craig SMITH (AUS) tops the leaderboard after 7 races with 15 points having scored 4 firsts. Behind SMITH is Ante KOVACEVIC of Croatia with 27 points in second and Britain's Trevor BINKS in third on 35 points. Current world Champion Martin ROBERTS (GBR) lies in fourth place on 37 points and has some work to do if he is going to hold on to his title. The chasing pack up to tenth overall is only separated by 9 points so there will be some exciting jostling before the championship concludes on Wednesday.
Overall positions after Race 7 (points with discard)
1. AUS 147 - Craig Smith 15
2. CRO 30 - Ante Kovacevic 27
3. GBR 72 - Trevor Binks 35
4. GBR 22 - Martin Roberts 37
5. AUS 14 - Jeff Byerley 45
6. GBR 20 - David Potter 47
7. GBR 77 - Phillip Playle 48
8. CAN 99 - Peter Van Rossem 48
9. NZL 55 - Andrea Roberts 50
10. NZL 161 - Geoff Smale 52
11. AUS 142 - Brad Gibson 54