With the exception of the Tornado and the Yngling, racing took place in every other class.
|The Laser Radial is being
dominated by De TURCKHEIM
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It was the same scenario in the Finn where Greek sailor Emilios PAPATHANASIOU, secured another second place to increase his lead over Michael MAIER (CZE) to 13 points. With a third yesterday, MAIER has continued his very consistent regatta. 'I am fast in extreme conditions,' he commented, 'so the weather this week really suited me. I like to come to Hyères.' The + 39 Challenge (ITA) America's Cup sailor, asked for a break in his training to come and race in Hyères, one of his favourite venues. Yesterday's race went to Waclaw SZUKIEL from Poland.
The French pair of Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX continued their consistent scoring after finishing fourth and second today. They are still in control of the fleet, nine points ahead of Vered BUSKILA and Nike KORNECKI (ISR) who won the first race today. The Spanish team of Natalia VIA-DUFRESNE and Laia TUTZO got some of the best results in the 470 Women (a second and a first) to move up to third place overall.
In the Laser fleet, Milan VUJASINOVIC has conserved his lead despite a 17th in the day's only race. His team mate Luka RADELIC (CRO) grabbed the race from Tobias SCHADEWALDT (GER) with a third for Paul GOODISON (GBR) lifting him from sixth to second on the leaderboard.
|The Mistral Men fleet could not
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The top three have changed places in the Mistral Women. Antonia FREY (GER) has taken first, two points ahead of Amelie LUX, (GER) winner of the eighth race. Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) is on equal points in third place after a string of three bad finishes after five bullets in a row. Yesterday she scored her worst race result so far with a 14.
With Benjamin BONNAUD and brother, Romain disqualified for a premature start, the Israeli team of Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL have assumed the lead of the 470 Men after finishing third in race eight yesterday, won by French pair Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Olivier BAUSSET.
Germany's Jan-Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT had an excellent day with a second sandwiched between two bullets. With no one else able to match that kind of consistency, the Germans moved to the top of the leaderboard. Fellow Germans, Marcus BAUR and Max GROY are in second place in front of Alberto PADRON and Javier DE LA PLAZA. The Spanish team had a mixed day with a fourth, a victory and an OCS. Early leaders, the Gianfranco SIBELLO and his brother Pietro (ITA), had a terrible day with a 19, 14 and 6 dropping them from the top to eighth place on the leaderboard.
Only one race is scheduled tomorrow in all classes. If the wind is stable, the Grand Finals will be raced in the afternoon between the top three sailors except in the Tornados, Mistral and 2.4 Metres. Grand finals will be a real experiment for the sailors, race committee and ISAF, that will be tried with different formats in other Grade 1 events this year.