In the men’s fleet Dorian from Holland is extended his lead with another bullet in the first race of the day yesterday, another great start put him ahead of the fleet at the first windward mark and again he showed incredible board speed to hold his position throughout the race. Race four for the men, the second yesterday, saw Dorian off of the top spot for the first time, getting stuck in a little dirty air he did not fly off the line in his usual style, though he still finished in a more than respectable third place.
This leaves Dorian nine points ahead of his closest competitor, the Polish sailor who lies in second. Przemyslaw is shining in the stronger winds, always a tough competitor in planing conditions, he did not finish as well yesterday posting a seventh and a fourth, in comparison to his two seconds on the first day.
Only five points separate Przemyslaw in second, Nick Dempsey in third and Toni Wilhelm in fourth, making it all to play for in the coming days. After posting a few solid races to start, the crowds were wowed with a photo finish for Nick yesterday as he took his first race win. Today out in the harbour, where Nick has said he will be a lot more comfortable, if he can get off the line in a good position Nick definitely has the speed and tactics to take him through to another race win.
We have been informed that the conditions will be a gusty 14-20knots today, possibly increasing to over 20knots in the early afternoon. As well as the wind being up and down, it is also set to be the most shifty conditions so far, with the wind flicking around up to 20 degrees. This will mean tactics and racing awareness will play an even bigger part. When the wind is constant, as Dorian said “it can be like trains on a track, one after another” whereas when the conditions become more turbulent it’s all to play for as many places can we won and lost on a single beat or downwind leg.
With these conditions the racing should be even more exciting than in previous days and the racers will have to be even more switched on that before, as they battle it out for glory on day four.
Head to the next page for a round up and introduction to the racing for the women on day three.