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5 April 2011, 10:29 pm
Brits Dominate Second Day Of Racing In Palma
Nick Dempsey
Great Britain's Nick Dempsey

Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE
Palma, Spain

It was another fascinating day of racing at the 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE, the third of seven regattas on the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series.
The leaders in each of the ten Olympic Events are starting to put daylight in-between themselves and the fleet and the pre-race favourites are living up to expectations.

The day belonged to the British sailors in Palma as they top the overall standings in three of the Olympic Sailing Events on show.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) occupy top spot in the 470 after double bullets. Their cumulative points score of 11 gives them a three point lead over Nick Rogers and Chris Grube (GBR). Overnight leaders Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) are down in 22nd place after a 13th place finish in Race 3 and a disqualification in Race 4.

Patience said, "The racing was good today, the forecast was right. We started in the offshore wind and came back with the sea breeze. There were different styles going on so it was good to train, keep your eyes out and keep sailing to all the changes going on around you."

In the Finn, Ben Ainslie (GBR) leads the way after winning both races today. But Giles Scott (GBR) is only two points behind.

Nick Dempsey (GBR), yet to win a race in the men's RS:X, leads the overall standings on 13 points. But consistency has been the key for the British sailor as he leads Shahar Zubari (ISR) by seven points.

Five races have been sailed close to the shore in the 49er fleet. Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA) are back on the international circuit after last years Sail for Gold Regatta. The break has not hampered the Italians however as they won two out of three races today. With 12 points they have a four point advantage over Dylan Fletcher and Alan Sign (GBR).

Japan's Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata continued their fine form on the water today to maintain their lead in the women's 470. But with two victories today New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher are hot on their heals.

"We used to be lacking speed in the breeze but our intense training in Palma has paid off on Monday," said Kondo. "We were able to master the breezy conditions and continue with good results today.

"Lots of other top teams have changed crew like the Dutch or British so it does give us an advantage."

Tom Slingsby (AUS) preserved his lead in the Laser today after a 3-1 in the yellow fleet. But Olympic Champion Paul Goodison (GBR) has closed the gap on Slingsby to five points after two bullets in the red fleet.

In the Laser Radial, Paige Railey (USA) has finished second in all of her races so far to acquire eight points. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is second on 11 points with Veronika Fenclova (CZE) is third on 20 points.

Marina Alabau (ESP) is at the helm of the RS:X women's standings after a fourth and second place today. She said, "I am happy with my day, the wind was difficult, light and shifty. I stayed fourth during the whole first race and started the second in the same position but was able to catch up two places and pass Blanca [Mancon] before the finish."

In the Star Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) are in first place, followed by Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA).

Thierry Schmitter (NED) is keeps the lead in the ten boat 2.4mR fleet after collecting another first and a third.

Stage One of the Women's Match Racing has been completed. Silja Lehtinen (FIN), Sally Barkow (USA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Claire Leroy (FRA), Silke Hahlbrock (GER) and Kate Macgregor (GBR) all advance to the Gold Group.

Full results can be viewed here.

Images from the second day can be viewed here.

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