After racing was postponed for the Europe Class on Day Two, things eventually got underway in fresh conditions just after 16:00 hours in an apparent decreasing easterly.
Try telling that to the first group to start on the Echo course area to the south of the Marina at Puerto Cherry. It's no wonder the fleet got away first time because at start time the breeze hit a peak of 29 knots. Emotional for the World Championship fleet. The second group of starters had a little less wind and got away after a single general recall.
The Levante did continue to drop as race three progressed and resulted in two different winners than yesterday's Scandinavian whitewash. Tatiana DROSDOVSKAYA (BLR), scored the first bullet of the day, finishing ahead of Sari MULTALA (FIN)
and Meg GAILLARD (USA)
in the first group A race.
Sarah MACKY (NZL)
pulled off two fantastic wins in the Group B races of the day, finishing ahead of Juul DITTE (DEN) in race three, and Trine ABRAHAMSEN (DEN)
in race four. She has boosted her position after day two from seventh to third, sitting a mere 2 points behind Siren SUNDBY (NOR), whose third and fifth place finishes opens up a five point gap for Sari MULTALA in front of the fleet.
Sari herself had another good day at the office. A second and a first in the physical conditions and we are seeing the form that has kept her at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankiings.
Drosdovskaya, who is moving steadily up the ISAF World sailing rankings after a drop at the end of the northern hemisphere summer last year, is also showing a bit of flair in the results here in Cadiz. That victory in race three today put her well up the leaderboard, and after a 19 place finish in race four, she now lies ninth in the fleet of 116 boats.
On coming ashore, the sailors were clearly exhausted from the conditions.
Serena AMATO (ARG), "I do not like these conditions, it is too windy. I prefer a bit calmer wind."
Speaking to Siren literally as she came ashore, looking rather cold and wet, she commented, "I am not happy in these conditions, especially as I am not the tallest in the fleet."Norway is already qualified for the 2004 Olympic Regatta, so Siren is focusing on the World Championship title and the pressure is on. "It is close, but if we get conditions like this everyday, then it will be hard to beat Sari. But if there is less wind, then there is every possibility I can beat her. I like competing in events where there are varying conditions, as I am more of an allrounder. However, I definitely want light conditions in the finals, as then I might have a chance."
Siren SUNDBY (NOR) © ISAF