An easterly wind of 8-16 knots brought perfect conditions for the maximum allowable four races on day two of the Raceboard World Championships, making a total of seven races in the qualifying round.  [more]As the AP came down in the morning the wind averaged 7 knots but gradually increased with the building thermal breeze.  Two more races were needed to split into Gold and Silver groups; to achieve four was a bonus.

Yellow fleet were away first with a clear start but the blue fleet suffered a general recall with many sailors over the line early.  After two races for all fleets, there was a break ashore.  Sailors then had a tricky time launching from the beach with onshore wind for two more back to back races in 13-15 knots. 

In the women’s fleet, Latvian Ilona Grinberga maintains her overall lead but only managed one bullet today.  Fellow Lavian Vita Matise was able to snatch two bullets off her and with consistent second places is just two points behind on the leaderboard.  Aussie Joanna Sterling took the win in race 6 and holds the third podium spot 7 points adrift but also 7 points clear of Spanish Veteran Maria-Antonia Dominguez.

From tomorrow the men will be split into the top 52 forming the gold group and the remaining 52 will be racing in the silver group. 

Maksymilian Wojcik and Ivan Pastor scored perfect results today making it impossible to split their tie.  With both men on the same start line from tomorrow the battle to win will be intense.  They start with 6 points apiece, 7 points clear of Frenchman Nicolas Huguet who is just two points ahead of Spaniard Ale Rivera-Rodriguez.  There is not much separating those in the chasing pack so we have some great competition ahead.

But first, the “Giant Paella” party for the sailors in Camping Bella Terra with a live DJ.

Stay tuned!

Results After Seven Races:  Men / Women