The British pairing of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes hit the top of the leaderboard on day two of the 49er Worlds as strong wind conditions hit the race courses in the Bahamas
The heavy air sailors revelled in the Bahamian conditions today which brought strong breezes across the racing areas. Spaniards Iker Martinez
and Xabier Fernandez
had two wins today to move them up in the standings not quite enough to match the consistency of Stevie Morrison
and Ben Rhodes
(GBR) which moved the British pairing top the leaderboard. Average winds of 18 knots with puffs in the high 20s kept sailors on their toes on mach speeds around the race course. Only two races were held for each fleet for the day.
After five races completed so far, Morrison and Rhodes, the 2007 World Champions, lie on top with eight points, four ahead of the Olympic gold and silver medallists Martinez and Fernandez. Italian world #1 brothers Pietro Sibello
and Gianfranco Sibello
climb one place to third overall. Day one leaders and defending World Champions, Nathan Outteridge
and Iain Jensen
(AUS) could not match their opening day performance and scores of 9 and 11 see them drop from first to fourth, tied with the Brits John Pink
and Rick Peacock
on 14 points.
More of the same conditions are predicted for the final day of qualifying before heading into the finals beginning Thursday.
Sailing in the 29er World Championship fleet was a bit more spectacular with many of the teams having a challenge in the high winds. Oscar Haumann and Klaus Holtug of Denmark continue to lead the fleet sailing a 1, 3 today, Kevin Fisher and Glen Gouron (FRA) followed up with a 4, 4 to race into second.
Racing continues tomorrow in both classes with three races scheduled for all. Weather predictions call for similar breeze, more exciting sailing on the docket.
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