It was another enthralling day's racing at the 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE, the third of seven regattas on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, in Palma, Spain.
Just two points separate the top four in the men's 470 after an intriguing day of racing in Palma.
Australia's Mathew Belcher
and Malcolm Page
, last year's ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions, won the fifth race of the regatta but finished 20th in the sixth. They are joint top on 18 points with Nicolas Charbonnier
and Jeremie Mion
(FRA) but the Australian's are top by virtue of races won.
On 20 points in the men's 470 are Luke Patience
and Stuart Bithell
(GBR) and Pierre Leboucher
and Vincent Garos
(FRA). Following a strong opening two days in the regatta, that included three race wins and an eighth place finish, Patience and Bithell struggled on the third day finishing ninth and 24th in Races 5 and 6.
Leboucher and Garos were the most consistent of the top four throughout the day finishing 4-1 but they are in fourth having won one less races than the Brits.
For the second out of three race days Dorian Van Rijsselberge
(NED) won both of the races in the 66-boat men's RS:X fleet. His double bullets on the first and third day have given him the overall lead.
But the Dutchman is not running away with the lead after finishing eighth and 16th on the second day for a cumulative total of 12 points with one drop. The consistent Nick Dempsey
(GBR), yet to place outside the top six, finished 3-5 today. And with 15 points the competition is heating up heading into the fourth day in Palma.
In the women's RS:X fleet Spain's Marina Alabau
has been in fantastic form over the last three day's. Today she enjoyed a bullet in Race 5 and a second place finish in Race 6.
With a total of 12 points, having dropped her ninth place finish, she tops the standings. Italy's Laura Linares
finished ahead of Alabau in Race 6 for the bullet but she is some way off the Spaniard in fourth and on 28 points.
Charline Picon (FRA) is second on 19 points and with 25 points Alessandra Sensini (ITA) is third.
With two third place finishes in the yellow fleet today Tom Slingsby (AUS), ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, has dropped to second place in the Laser standings with nine points. Paul Goodison took advantage of Slingsby's slip up with a 3-1 in the blue fleet today to lead by one point. But Nick Thompson (GBR) finished 1-2 in the yellow fleet to keep in contention on ten points.
Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) are performing well in Palma and find themselves with an 11 point lead in the women's 470. Gil Cohen and Bouskila Vered (ISR) on 22 points and Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
(NZL) on 27 points will have to up their game if they are to catch the Japanese duo.
In the Star class only one race was completed today, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson finished third in Race 5. They have a five point advantage over Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL). Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada are in third on 18 points.
Paige Railey (USA) continues to lead the Laser Radial. She did not finish Race 5 and placed fifth in Race 6. Her point's total of 13 is enough to give her the lead over Evi Van Acker (BEL) on 19 points.
Thierry Schmitter (NED) has been dominating the 2.4mR. He won the fifth race of the day and dropped his sixth place finish in Race 6. Heiko Kroger (GER) is in second and Megan Pascoe (GBR) is in third.
Full results can be viewed here.