In DUNN's match with Ian AINSLIE (RSA), DUNN got a penalty after colliding with the stern of AINSLIE's yacht, but then forced his rival up beyond the upwind mark and was able to make his penalty turn before AINSLIE could recover.
John CUTLER (NZL), substituting for Karol JABLONSKI (POL) on the day, built up an early lead over NAKAMURA, but then tacked too close and was given a penalty. Closing on the finish line with a three boat length lead, CUTLER tried to expunge his penalty right at the last moment, but failed to keep clear of his opponent and got another flag.
KRATZIG, the lone woman in the Open qualifying event, had an excellent day. She rounded the weather mark behind Alec CUTLER, the Bermuda National Match Race Champion, but then forced CUTLER out past the downwind mark and took the lead.
KRATZIG from Miami, Florida, USA, who is sailing under the Czech Republic colours said she has a good day and had been helped from a good team made up of Jonathan FARRAR, an IOD Champion, Mark MENDELBLATT (USA), Mark STRUBE (USA) and Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE).
King Edward VII Gold Cup Qualifier Entrants
(- ISAF World Match Race Ranking)
- Eric MONNIN (SUI) - 22
- Scott DICKSON (USA) - 30
- Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN) - 34
- Karol JABLONSKI (POL) - 45
- Rasmus VILTOFT (DEN) - 52
- Bill HARDESTY (USA) - 75
- Brian ANGEL (USA) - 110
- Cameron DUNN (NZL) - 149
- Ian AINSLIE (RSA) - 194
- Cameron APPLETON (NZL) - 195
- Alec CUTLER (BER) - 243
- Elizabeth KRATZIG (USA) - 357
After a practice day on Wednesday for the seeded skippers and for the women's winners, who will transition from J/24's to IOD's, the real Gold Cup sailing starts with the six unseeded skippers and the two top women from the Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship facing the daunting challenge of racing against an awesome field of world class sailing talent in hopes of reaching the finals. All of the Gold Cup skippers have a chance at winning The King Edward VII Gold Cup and a share of the $100,000 purse.
Eight top match race sailors are the seeded skippers entering the competition on Thursday and include ISAF Match Racing World Champion James SPITHILL (AUS), number one in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings Ed BAIRD (USA) and three-time America's Cup winner Russell COUTTS (NZL)