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19 November 2010, 11:30 am
Light Winds On Day Four Of Perth International Regatta
Day four Laser Radial
Light winds for the radial fleet on day four of the Perth International Regatta

Perth International Regatta
Perth, Australia

A hot, hot day and light breeze brought little joy to many of the sailors hoping to consolidate their fleet rankings ahead of the weekend Medal Races.
The famed Fremantle strong sea breeze, known locally as the Fremantle Doctor, failed to eventuate as the temperature soared to a maximum 35.2 degrees by late morning.

Only the Laser Radial Open and RS:X Men's and Open windsurfer fleets completed morning racing, with all the afternoon events falling victim to the frustrating lack of wind.

Commenting on today's conditions, Laser sailor Simon Grotelueschen from Germany said: "We sail in the south of France and it's different in every region. I like the specific conditions here in Perth but I'm used to not being able to race."

In the RS:X Men's windsurfer fleet, Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberge placed third and second in the two races to head the fleet. French skipper Julien Bontemps and Ivan Pastor lafuente of Spain are tied for second and there is also a tie for fourth place between New Zealand's Jon-Paul Tobin and Ricardo Santos from Brazil.

In the RS:X Open event Marina Alabau from Spain is ahead of Australian Jessica Crisp and Flavia Tartaglini of Italy after six races. The RS:X Medal Races are being held on Sunday.

The other class to get in two races this morning was the Laser Radial Open. Two Finnish skippers now lead the overall fleet with Sari Multala in first place and Tuula Tenkanen second. Denmark's Alberte Lindberg follows in third place after eight races.

The Medal Race of the Laser Radial Open will be held on the Bathers Bay in-shore course on Saturday. It is the first of eight finals being held over the weekend and spectators lining the Fremantle foreshores will have a spectacular close-up view of the racing.

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Tessa Parkinson/Perth 2011
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