Sailing World Cup - Leading pack shuffle at Semaine Olympique Francaise24/04/2012
The second day at the Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, saw some changes at the top of the leader board with the leading pack shuffling around. Double Women's 470 World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) are back in top form and are enjoying the breeze in Hyères. The pair have built up a solid 13 point lead ahead of Japanese Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata. Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan are in third.
Australians and New Zealanders leading in the Laser
The leader board is tighter in the Men's 470 with Greece's Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis holding the lead on 14 points, but Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zucchetti (ITA) hot on their heels two points behind. Sven and Kalle coster are third on 17 points. After breaking their mast in the second race on the opening day Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are back on track and claimed two race wins to climb to tenth place. Australians and New Zealanders are still leading the standings in the Laser. Only three points separate the top six with Andy Maloney (NZL) and Tom Slingsby (AUS) hanging on to the top two places. Tom Burton (AUS) Philipp Buhl (GER), Andrew Murdoch (NZL) and Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) closely follow the leaders after winning races today.
A long day on the water for all competitors
Alison Young (GBR) conserved her lead in the Laser Radial after scoring a first and second. Only a point behind, Krystal Weir (AUS), and World #1 Evi van Acker (BEL) place second and third with identical results. Deniss Karpak (EST) increased his lead in the Finn class after adding another victory and a second place to his score. Rafa Trujillo (ESP) keeps second whilst a victory in Race 3 puts Dan Slater (NZL) third. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) both hold perfect records in the Women's Match Racing competiton after a long day on the water for all competitors. With plenty more round robin sailing to go it'll be business as usual early tomorrow morning with the start scheduled for 08:30. The Polish are dominating the RS:X with leaders in both the Men's and Women's fleet. World #1 Piotr Myszka (POL) has taken the lead from Julien Bontemps (FRA) after taking two bullets in today's two Men's RS:X races. Toni Wilhem (GER) keeps second place with Bontemps in third.
Star class were the last fleet off the water
It was a busy day on the 49er course with seven races sailed among the two groups to catch up on yesterday's lost races. After taking silver last year, France's Julien D'Ortoli and Noe Delpech (FRA) take the lead after four races in the 49ers. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes (GBR) are second whilst World Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) are in third. The Star class were the last fleet off the water following three races. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada won the opening race before the pair had to withdraw due to personal reasons. Meanwhile Canada's Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn hold the lead followed by Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Pierre Alexis-Ponsot and Xavier Rohart (FRA).
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