420 World And Ladies World Championships
Published: Thursday, 31 July 2014
Racing got underway on day three in a 12-15 knot breeze from the north, perfect conditions to complete the final two races of the six race qualification series. With the discard kicking in after race 5, there was some shuffling on the leaderboard as teams discarded their worst score in the 420 Open and 420 Ladies fleets.
The 111 teams in the 420 Open fleet are now split into a 56-boat Gold fleet and 55-boat Silver fleet for the six race final series, which gets underway on Friday.
A win in race 5, briefly handed the overall lead to Portugal's Diogo Pereira/Manuel Macedo in the 420 Open fleet, as overnight leaders Adrian Domminguez/Calixto Abalo (ESP) scored a 32, their worst result so far, and dropped down to fifth.
But the discard after race 5 soon changed the leaderboard again, and a new team surfaced at the front in the shape of Jose Manuel Ruiz/Fernando Davila (ESP) who finished second in race 6 and jumped up to take the lead by six points. Teammates Dominguez/Abalo were back on form to claim a sixth place finish in race 6 and end the qualification series in second overall. ISAF Youth World gold medallists Jia Yi Loh/Jonathan Yeo from Singapore are in third, after recovering from a now discarded 31st in race 5.
In the 420 Ladies, Kimberly Lim/Savannah Siew (SIN) retain their overnight lead and go into the final series heading up the Gold fleet. Italy's Carlotta Omari/Francesca Russo Cirillo move up to second overall with Greece's Aikaterini Tavoulari/Fotini Koutsoumpou in third.
There is a reserve day on Thursday ahead of the final series beginning on Friday, Aug 1.