Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) have returned to the top of the Men's 470 ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings after a convincing win at the Delta Lloyd Regatta.
In what otherwise was a frustrating day for the majority of sailors in Medemblik, the Netherlands with a number of races postponed, the Men's and Women's 470 and Star Medal Races went ahead.
The Australians won Race 7 in the morning to take a ten point lead over Sime Fantela
and Igor Marenic
(CRO) into the Medal Race. But it was the Greeks Panagiotis Kambouridis
and Efstathios Papadopoulos
who won the Medal Race by 50 seconds to clinch the silver medal whilst securing their highest ISAF Grade 1 event finish.
Nonetheless the world #1 ranked sailors did not fail to impress after moving from fourth to second on the final run and surging across the line in a photo finish with Fantela and Marenic and Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE)
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page led the Men's 470 Standings early on but slipped to second behind Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos (FRA) after the Semaine Olympique Française. But with the French pair choosing not to compete in Medemblik, Belcher and Page dislodged them with some excellent sailing in Medemblik to reclaim top spot
Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) brought a nine point lead over Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) into the Women's 470 Medal Race. But the Dutch girls had a poor start to the race and found themselves as low as ninth early on.
The duo had to call upon all their experience to climb back up the fleet and after doing so, they sailed conservatively to maintain their position. They crossed the finish line in fourth to clinch the gold medal.
Meanwhile Kondo and Tabata picked up the silver medal to climb up to second in Women's 470 ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings on 51 points behind Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes (GBR) who did not sail at the Delta Lloyd Regatta but lead on 54 points.
Martine Grael and Isabel Swan won the bronze medal for their first podium finish together.
Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer finished fifth at the Delta Lloyd Regatta and move up to third place in the Women's 470 Standings on 51 points.
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) have been in fantastic form throughout the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Brazilian Star pair won gold at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR and the Semaine Olympique Française. And they added the Delta Lloyd Regatta gold medal to their growing collection after a 17 point victory over Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL).
Robert Stanjeck and Frithjof Kleen (GER) finished sixth in the Medal Race handing them sixth place. They move up to second place in the Star ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings on 47 points. But with Skandia Sail for Gold, Kieler-Woche and a second discard to come it'll be a tough task to topple Scheidt and Prada.
Andrew Campbell and Ian Coleman (USA), on 46 points, slip from second to third in the Standings.
In the Men's RS:X Taehoon Lee (KOR) will seal gold during the Medal Race if he avoids a tenth place finish or a letter score. And that is dependant on Zachary Plavsic (CAN) winning the Medal Race. But the Korean, who is competing at his first ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta, has been consistent all week and finished 2-1 today to take 18 points into the final day.
Plavsic, in second on 35 points, has a strong advantage over Ricardo Santos (BRA) in third on 55 points. Santos will face stiff competition from Thomas Goyard (FRA), 61 points, and Wang Aichen (CHN), 64 points, for the bronze medal.
After two black flags on the fourth day Annalise Murphy (IRL) won both races today in the Laser Radial. She took the final Medal Race spot by one point at the expense of Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom.
At the top of the Laser Radial leader board Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has a 12 point lead over Evi Van Acker (BEL). Xu Lijia (CHN) trails Van Acker by one point in third and Tina Mihelic (CRO), in fourth, is three points behind the Belgian.
In order to ensure victory Bouwmeester can finish as low as sixth so the gold medal is hers to lose heading into the Medal Race with the real battle for silver and bronze.
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby has won six out of nine Laser races this week in Medemblik with two on the water today. And with 18 points to his name his nearest rival is Bruno Fontes (BRA) who has 36 points. Fontes has to win to be in with a chance of overhauling Slingsby, but the Australian has looked unbeatable all week. Roelof Bouwmeester (NED) on 41 points in third place can not win gold even if Slingsby finishes with a letter score.
In the Women's Match Racing Silja Lehtinen (FIN) will face Renee Groeneveld (NED) (USA) in the final tomorrow. Groeneveld produced a marvellous comeback against Anna Tunnicliffe (USA). The American took a 2-0 lead but Groeneveld won three consecutive matches to progress to the final. In the other semi final Lehtinen defeated Ru Wang (CHN), who has had an excellent regatta, 3-0.
The Finn class was postponed for the day at 16:15. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) will take a three point lead over Ed Wright (GBR) into the Medal Race. Brendan Casey (AUS), nine points behind Gaspic, has an outside chance of claiming gold. But with four wins out of six races between Gaspic and Wright it's hard to see either of them slipping up.
Racing was also postponed in the 49er. Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) lead the 49er fleet ahead of the Medal Race with 27 points. Behind them is Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) on 35 followed by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) on 44.
No sailing was possible for the Women's RS:X either. Maayan Davidovich (ISR) leads the fleet ahead of the Medal Race. But Li Ling (CHN), Jessica Crisp (AUS) and Allison Shreeve (AUS) are all able to topple her on the final day.
Medal Races begin at 09:00 local time tomorrow with the 49er fleet leading the way. Live streaming from the Medal Races will be available to watch here from 09:00 local time.
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