So far though it is the runner up at the Intervela, Marin MISURA (CRO) who has proved the toughest competitor, with finishes of 7 and 3 putting him second. Sweden's Daniel BIRGMARK has also made a good start and lies tied third on eleven points with TRUJILLO. Winner of the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche Gasper VINCEC (SLO) is fifth with HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN, yet to get fully into his stride, lying sixth overall after a ninth and seventh place.
The day's two races took place in rainy conditions with a medium strength wind blowing straight across the channel between Kalmar and the island of Öland, making for some very technical racing with gusts and shifts. The first race saw the top ten boats shifting positions up to the finish with AINSLIE eventually coming in ahead of Dan SLATER (NZL) and Vladimir KRUTSKIKH (RUS).
The wind increased gradually from ten to twelve knots at the start of the second race and the race committee shifted the course away from the channel and changed from a windward leeward to the Olympic triangle course. After two general recalls, the black flag was hoisted as well as Oscar (the Finns favorite flag!). The wind had already increased to 15 knots providing the sailors with perfect sailing conditions. First at the top mark was MISURA who secured his place only to be passed by AINSLIE and PAPATHANASIOU on the last leg.
2004 European Junior Champion, Olexiy BORISOV is now 22 years old and has had to step down from the Junior division where nine sailors will be racing for the title. Currently the highest of the junior competitors is Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO) in twelfth place overall, whilst Tapio NIRKKO (FIN) is second junior and 18th and Zach RAILEY (USA) 28th and third junior.
Nine races are scheduled for the Championship with one discard to come into consideration after race five. Racing continues through until Sunday. Similar conditions are expected today with only one race scheduled.
Top Ten After Two Races