Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wild Yachting Action Continues In Palma - 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day Two

The battle for supremacy in the Men's 470 continues to rage as Matias Schmid and Florian Reichstaedter (AUT) lead the world’s top team, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) by three points after four races.
Belcher/Ryan (AUS) 470 Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
In the Women’s 470 fleet Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) proved their opening day perfect score was no fluke with further consistent race results that included two seconds. They lead Enia Nincevic and Romana Zupan (CRO) by eight points at the top of the leader board. The Women’s World number one crew Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan (BRA) are third.
Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) 470 Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
Alison Young (GBR) continued to take the Radial fleet by storm after another emphatic day that resulted in two race wins making it four in a row. Just five points behind is Danish London 2012 Olympian Anne-Marie Rindom who is looking forward to what is to come over the next few days when she meets Young, 
Alison Young (GBR) Laser Radial  Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
“I’m doing what I can. I’m just trying to take every race as it comes. It’s going to be very exciting because it’s a new format and I have never sailed in it before and it goes down to the last race. It’s a new challenge for everybody,” Rindom said
Tom Burton Laser Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
The two Laser sailors at the front of the fleet are Tom Burton (AUS) and Philipp Buhl (GER). Just 13 ranking points separate the talented pair and with three race wins a piece they are proving to be the ones to beat. There are only sixteen points between first and 12th place.
Philipp Buhl (GER) Laser Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
Only three points separate Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Giles Scott (GBR), Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) and Andrew Mills (GBR) in the Finn fleet. Scott has stepped back into the Finn after missing out on London 2012 selection and continues to show he’s one the most dangerous Finn sailors around.
Finn Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
The Nacra 17 and 49erFX sailors finally took to the water today after a breezy opening day that forced their races to be postponed.



Nacra 17 Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
Mandy Mulder and Thijs Visser (NED) are the early pacesetters on three points that includes a race win and a third, however a discarded DNC in Race 3 will mean they’ll have to be on top of their game . Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) and Renee Groeneveld and Karel Begemann (NED) complete the top three at this early stage.
Nacra 17 Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) used their five years of skiff sailing experience to full effect as the 49erFX fleet were kept busy throughout the day with four races.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
The Danish girls revelled in the wind and took three race wins to lead the top Kiwi crew of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) by nine points. The Danish team’s skiff sailing strength is prevalent in the fleet and JenaMai Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen are third overall.
Carlos and Anton Paz Blanco (ESP) 49er  Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
In the 49er fleet, Julien D’Ortoli and Noe Delpech (FRA) and Carlos and Anton Paz Blanco (ESP) have the early lead after four races.
Toni Wilhelm (GER) RS:X Men  Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
Toni Wilhelm (GER) and Maayan Davidovich (ISR) continue to set the pace in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X. The German added a third bullet to the openings day double race wins and the Israeli knocked up a pair of wins.

Racing resumes on Wednesday at 11:00 local time.

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