Today has brought new challenges, with much less wind than the first two days, and a chance for light wind specialists to perform. We have seen three races, hotly contested from start to finish at the highest competitive level.
At noon, the Race Director called the start of race 9 on a new course C. A light and variable north wind giving marginal conditions, only blowing 8-12 knots in the Bay of Paracas, but enough to give Spaniard Pablo Ania Barrachina his first win of the championship. Our leaderboard dominator, Paulo Dos Reis, had to settle for fourth.
Before another race could be started, the wind dropped and competitors were sent back to the beach. Very quickly the wind swung into the normal southerly direction, built to 15 knots, and the course was relaid as course A.
The wind for Race 10 was a little shifty, with some "holes" without wind, but at last current FE World Champion, Peruvian Nicolas Schreier, was able to take a bullet. With a more consistent breeze for race 11, Paulo Dos Reis was able to regain his customary first place over the finish line after a super-tight race between himself, Pablo Ania, Edward Herman and Nicolas Schreier.
On the overall leaderboard, with three discards now in play, Paulo Dos Reis has a perfect score at the top; Pablo Ania Barrachina is second and Nicolas Schreier is third.
It is off the podium that the real battles are taking place. Marcello Morrone is first Master in fourth place but Eduardo Hernan (CHI 1), just one point behind, stands a chance of overtaking him. Peruvians Santiago Canseco, Sebastian Schreier and Brazilian Gabriel Bastos - first youth - 6th, 7th and 8th respectively are all on equal points. Bruna Mello maintains her first woman honour.
In the Junior Fleet, Peruvian Alessio Botteri, 14, took all three wins today. No matter what conditions he faces, he dominates his young rivals with a perfect score at the top of the leaderboard.
The fight for 2nd place continues unabated between Lars van Someren (NED-800), John Peter Meier (PER-19), just one point below. Mario Flores (MEX-50), is just 3 points off a podium place and is in with a chance.
Tomorrow (Saturday) ends this spectacular World Championship Formula Experience - Paracas 2012, and there are still many emotions to live, many positions to define and many joys - and maybe some disappointments - to tell! Stay tuned!!
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