Day three on the race course was one of the most eventful to date, with general recalls, black flags, amazing comebacks and some full power racing from both the men and the women.
The women were the first on the Portland Harbour race course, starting late in the day at 14.00 Marina from Spain, Zofia from Poland and Lee from Israel were the women to watch.
But it was Britain’s Bryony Shaw who got off the line in one of the best positions, making it to the upwind mark in second position just behind Lee, then overtaking Lee on the downwind to be in the lead at the bottom mark. The gusty and shifty winds were proving difficult for all, 12-18knots on the course, whilst Bryony tried to cover the fleet the sailors under her got a lucky lift bringing them into contention. By the second up wind Bryony had slipped to fourth, with Lee, Zofia and Olha of the Ukraine ahead of her. Zofia then overtook Lee on the downwind moving her into the lead, which she would hold for the rest of the race. Lee and Olha stayed second and third respectively, whilst Tuuli of Finland took fourth ahead of Marina with Bryony, who was overtaken by Marina on the last leg as she dropped a gybe in the slalom finish, in sixth position.
The women’s second race was a brilliant show of speed and skill from Zofia. With one win under her belt she seemed full of confidence and absolutely flying in the inconsistent winds. Zofia lead from the start, she has overtaken for a while by Marina after the second upwind leg, but Zofia took the led straight back downwind and did not look back. Olha was in hot pursuit, finishing just a few seconds behind Marina, with Tuuli in fourth and Moana of Germany climbing the rankings with another solid performance in fifth. Bryony finished in eighth position, after a tricky start Bryony could not seem to make up any ground on the girls ahead either up or downwind.
Going into the lay day tomorrow, Marina is in an incredibly strong position with three firsts and two seconds counting, (there is now one discard in play) giving her a total of just seven points. After a spectacular day, posting two bullets, Zofia now moves into second place with Lee of Israel in third. On 21, 22 and 23 points respectively Moana, Tuuli and Olha are still very much up there, and Bryony Shaw is currently sitting in seventh position with 31 points. With four more races, then the medal race on Tuesday it is certainly all still to play for.
Coming up next:
Men’s write up, interview with Dorian and interview with Nick!
Head to the next page for an introduction to day three of the racing here in Weymouth and check below for the full commentary of the races.