Hot racing was on the cards for the penultimate day on Friday with Melbourne putting on one of its hottest December days on record and with Saturday’s medal race top ten to be decided. Two of three races scheduled were completed with Day 4 leader Junior picking up a 18, 8 and Heiner finishing 8, 3. Heiner’s third place in race nine moved him up into second place. The gold will be decided between them while the battle over the other medals will be decided between Heiner, Berecz, Giles Scott, from Britain, and New Zealand’s Andy Maloney.
With the wind coming from the North and outback Australia, Aussie summer threw some challenges to sailors and on water teams alike with the hot and dusty conditions and changing winds making for a battle with the elements.
Berecz won the first race of the day, leading the race from start to finish. He battled throughout the first lap with Britain’s Ed Wright, who dropped back to seventh at the end, while Australia’s Jake Lilley had his best race of the championship so far and finished second. Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic, followed in third. Tom Ramshaw, from Canada, finished fourth with Scott in fifth. Leader Josh Junior as well as fellow Kiwi Andy Maloney put in their highest score of the opening series finishing 16th and 21st respectively.
Race 9 also got underway the first time in 13-15 knots with Spain’s Joan Cardona leading at the first top mark ahead of Australia’s Oliver Tweddell and Heiner. By the bottom gate Alejandro Muscat, from Spain, had taken over the lead with Turk, Alican Kaynar, in second and Cardona back in third.
Kaynar built his lead at the final top mark to take out the race win with Cardona crossing in second ahead of Heiner. Lilley finished fourth ahead of Muscat in fifth.
An attempt was made to start the third and final race, but the wind was becoming increasingly unstable and had dropped to 8-9 knots with big wind shifts. After 30 minutes waiting, further racing was abandoned.
Overall Results after 9 races
1 NZL 24 Josh Junior 30pts
2 NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 46
3 HUN 40 Zsombor Berecz 49
4 GBR 41 Giles Scott 51
5 NZL 61 Andy Maloney 61
6 AUS 1 Jake Lilley 70
7 CAN 18 Tom Ramshaw 75
8 CRO 10 Nenad Bugarin 82
9 ESP 26 Joan Cardona Méndez 86
10 TUR 1 Alican Kaynar 92
Overall results: http://sailingresults.net/sa/