After no racing on Day 3, three races (Races 5-7) were scheduled on Thursday. Following a cool change overnight, temperatures had dropped down from 40C to 22C and with winds picking up considerably from Wednesday’s dead calm to a pretty stable breeze of 13-17 knots. All three scheduled races were completed with plenty of opportunity for sailors to move up the leader board or to consolidate positions.
In the first race of the day, Britain’s Ed Wright took home the win, after leading at both top mark roundings. Overall leader, Junior, placed second ahead of Jonathan Lobert, from France, in third. Alican Kaynar, from Turkey followed in fourth with Berecz in fifth.
Race 6 got underway first time with an individual recall for Turkey’s Alican Kaynar who led throughout the whole race but was OCS’d at the finish line. As a consequence, Berecz took the win after moving into second place before the second top mark rounding. Junior again moved up into the top three on the last downwind to finish third ahead of Lobert. Scott followed in fifth.
In the final race of the day Scott made his move and took the lead at the second top mark rounding to take his first race win of the regatta and move up to second overall. Andy Maloney finished the day with a second place ahead of Berecz in third.
Racing continues on Friday for the penultimate day of the event with another three races schedules and with 45C forecast.
Results after 7 races
1 NZL 24 Josh JUNIOR 13
2 GBR 41 Giles SCOTT 28
3 HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 14
4 NED 89 Nicholas HEINER 02
5 NZL 61 Andy MALONEY 04
6 CRO 10 Nenad BUGARIN 34
7 ESP 26 Joan CARDONA MÉNDEZ 07
8 CAN 18 Tom RAMSHAW 11
9 AUS 1 Jake LILLEY 10
10 SUI 1 Nils THEUNINCK 17
Overall results: http://sailingresults.net/sa/