Light wind conditions continued to hamper the Semaine Olympique Francaise, and with many fleets desperately needing races to complete their qualification series', it made for a long day on the water.
It was sunset when the 49ers came back to shore. Paul Brotherton
and Mark Asquith
(GBR) keep a ten point lead on the fleet despite a 25th place collected in the last Gold fleet race. It has been 20 years since Brotherton's first appearance in Hyères in 1990 in the 470 class. The European silver medal-winning team are now ten points ahead of Danish duo Allan Norregaard
and Peter Lang
"It doesn't feel good at the moment because we've just spent about six hours baking in the sun," said Brotherton of their performance on Wednesday.
"But I'd rather have that than sit around all day doing nothing so it was good day for us, and we got some good races in."
French teams lead in the Star and 470 classes. Guillaume Florent
and Pascal Rambeau
keep first place in the Star despite a DSQ collected after rounding the wrong mark.
and Baptiste Meyer-Dieu conserve their lead in the Men's 470 division. Mathew Belcher
(AUS) is racing with William Ryan
(training partner) while Malcolm Page
has been competing in the Farr 40 worlds. The new pair, in fourth overall has just won the 470 Spring Cup.
"We are using this regatta to keep developing and improving before the Worlds this summer. We are used to stronger winds but it is a good opportunity to get good in these conditions as well. The hardest thing today was the eight hours wait!"
and Mathilde Geron
(FRA), 6th in Miami had a near perfect day with two victories and a 6th in the Women's 470 class. They hold a slender three point lead over fellow compatriots Rol and De France.
"We understood the situation on the water but it was hard. The waiting tested everybody's nerves. It is mentally hard. On the water we had good speed and could get away from the group. We will take it easy tomorrow and try to limit the damages! There are still three races to do and the medal race, so everything is still possible."
Trofeo Sofia Mapfre winner, Byron Kokalanis
(GRE) won both races in the Men's RS:X Gold fleet. He is catching regatta leader Piotr Myszka
(POL) who keeps a narrow one point lead over the rest of the fleet.
(GBR) has increased her dominance on the women's division with a 13 point lead over Blanca Manchon
(ESP). Laura Linares
(ITA) has joined the podium with a win and a third place.
2009 Laser Radial World Champion Sari Multala
(FIN) has jumped to first place in the Radial fleet opening up a four point lead over Fatima Reyes
( GBR), the Olympic, World and European Champion, was set back to 31st place after four races after a second yellow flag penalty forced him to retire from race four. He hit right back, however, with a fifth and a race win as soon as the gold fleet racing got underway to sit him on top of the leader board in the 141 boat fleet.
In the Finn class, three races were sailed, more than in the last three days! Marin Misura
(CRO), 5th in Hyères last year, replaces his team mate Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic
in the top position. He is on equal points with Ed Wright
(GBR), winner in Miami and Palma earlier this year and 2009 SWC winner.
After the Repechage stage in the Women Match Racing that qualified Claire Leroy
and Silvia Roca, the top eight will sail straight into the quarter final without racing the
Gold Round Robin. Pairings will be:
Sivia Roca (ESP) vs Anna Tunnicliffe
(GBR) vs Silke Hahlbrock
(RUS) vs Katie Spithill
(FRA) vs Anne-Claire Le Berre
The final medal races are scheduled for Friday 30 April.
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