Four races on day four and Antoine Albeau is firmly in place at the top with a 16 point lead over his nearest rival, young Brazilian Gabriel Browne, who shot up into second place nudging Paolo dos Reis and Arnon Dagan into third and fourth respectively. Full results after 11
Whilst the early forecast wasn't particularly good, the conditions created a real spectacle from the beach with fast tactical racing, wipeouts and crashes - one unfortunately resulting in Denis Littel having to have hospital treatment on his knee.
A very good day for some - notably Micah Buzianis took the bullet in race 9 and Wojtek Brzozowski came second in the last race - and not so good for others. You have to smile at Sean's report:
"I don't really want to blame Arnon for taking the last of the milk this morning so I had to eat toast instead of the awesome Honey Oat Crunch cereal we bought, but something REALLY cursed me today; I safely managed to get all my 3 discards in one day. Blarrrghhhhh!!!" Sean O'Brien
Antoine is firmly established at the top after 7 races with Paolo dos Reis in second and Arnon Dagan in third. No racing on day three because of the poor weather conditions but an interesting AGM.
Read Sean O'Brien's interview with Casper Bouman who is out for at least 2 months after his "fairly small incident on the water". Naturally we all extend our best wishes for a full recovery!
"This could be the closest fought world championships since the start of FW." Previous champions are determined to regain the crown from Antoine and all but one of the top 10 ranked sailors are here so the pressure is on!
After three races on day one, Antoine tops the leaderboard with two bullets and a third, Jesper Vestrom is second and Arnon Dagon, who took the second race, is in third. However, it is anybody's competition at this stage and once discards come into play the scoreboard could look very different - Paolo dos Reis came second in two of the races but is currently carrying a 12th for the first race.