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
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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