John Bertrand's dominance of the Etchells World Championships at Howth Yacht Club continued on day four of the regatta with a win in the afternoon race after scoring a disappointing ninth earlier in the day.
His lead, however, has been trimmed back by his main rival Ante Razmilovic
whose fourth and fifth places have closed the gap to seven points after discards The other Razmilovic - Nils - had mixed fortunes on the day and lies third overall, a further seven points adrift.
The Championship, sponsored by the local Fingal County Council, has three more races on the schedule, two on Friday and one on Saturday, with only one discard allowed for the nine-race series, underlining the need for consistency at this level. Four wins in six races by Bertrand is undoubtedly exceptional consistency!
The 42-boat fleet faced a freshening north-easterly for the start of Race 5, sailing in18 knots of wind and a choppy sea. Nils Razmilovic of the Royal Swedish YC (sailing for Singapore) enjoyed the conditions to lead from the first windward mark to the finish. He was followed at various stages by his brother Ante and three British te, Eamonn O'nolan
, Jake Gunther
and Julia Bailey
Somewhat surprisingly, series leader John Bertrand
(AUS) could not keep with the pace and indeed slipped from fifth to finish ninth, a disappointing result by his standards and one which he will no doubt hope to be his discard. Despite that setback, he still held a six point lead in the overall standings after the fifth race.
It was a good day for the British contingent, filling the next three places, with O'Nolan securing his best placing in second spot and Julia Bailey taking a well-earned third while Ante Razmilovic's fourth was enough to retain second overall, tied on points with his brother.
As if to exorcise the ghosts of his ninth place in the previous race, Bertrand got back to winning ways in the sixth race to extend his overall lead, although he left it late. He was behind the ever-improving Julia Bailey at each mark rounding but on the final beat - shortened earlier because of dropping wind strength - he pulled ahead of the Royal Thames helm by the finish.
of Australia, never out of the top three throughout the race, held on to that slot, with Eamonn O'Nolan completing a satisfying day with a fourth to add to his earlier second. Ante Razmilovic had to settle for fifth while sixth for Marvin Beckmann (USA) represented the equal best American result in the series so far.
For the Burrows family - Richard on helm with son David and daughter Samantha crewing - seventh was an encouraging result, maintaining their eleventh place on the leader-board and consolidating their position as the leading Irish boat.
See the provisional results here.