After an uneventful day yesterday (unless you count record rainfall, lightning strikes per minute or shark sightings in the harbour as sailing events) today was a full day at the office. Three races were completed on each course creating lengthy days all around. The wind machine woke up here as we had a glamour day, with the first races held in 12-14 knots, race two in the high teens, and race three starting in the high teens and backing off somewhat. With 5 races in the books we are at the half way point excluding the Medal Race day. Thus the fleets are now split into Gold and Silver for the remainder of the contest.
For Canadians there were a number of highlights and also some disappointed sailors who are now racing in Silver fleet. On the high notes, Nikola Girke recovered after a slow start to the event posting an 8-9-3 today to start the climb up the leader board, comfortably qualifying for Gold fleet and currently sits 18th. Further, on the positive side Luke Ramsay and Mike Leigh in the 470 had a 6 and a 9 to also cement themselves in Gold fleet a positive step forward. In the Finn fleet, Greg Douglas and Chris Cook are leading the Canadian charge - Greg (Boat Smith) Douglas had a 5 - 8 to go along with his drop race to move up to 21st overall, while Cooker had a 7-9 and a 15 as his drop race to sit 16th. Claire Merry set the pace in the Canadian Radial fleet with a 5-15-12 and sits 22nd, others in the gold fleet include Danielle Dube in 34th, Isabella Bertold 38th and Ingrid Merry 44th.
The real fight begins tomorrow for everyone, with the splits complete now all the players are in the same fleet and the pressure to perform at a top level becomes paramount. The weather forecasters are calling for the Doctor to remain present for the next couple of days promising some exciting racing across all classes. The RSX women have three races scheduled, as do the Radials, while the Finn and 470 will use their scheduled lay day to make up one race to get back on schedule. More from Perth/Fremantle tomorrow.
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