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Friday, April 8, 2011   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Bay of Palma keeps its secrets with a light breeze shifting from an inshore morning wind to a varying seabreeze later in the day. The difficult sailing conditions had some consequences on the rankings and only a few sailors/teams booked two top results yesterday. The multiple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR was one of them, winning both races in the Finns, that bring him already 9 points ahead of Giles Scott GBR and 24 points on Thomas Le Breton FRA. Two race wins also for Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED in the RS:X-men, clearly leading ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR and the Olympic Champion Tom Ashley NZL. Finishing 1 and 10, Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead in the Starboats on 10 points. The new second-ranked are now Campbell/Coleman USA followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Leader change in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA now on top three points ahead of Leboucher/Garros FRA and 8 ahead of the best of the day Mantis/Kagialis GRE. A French leader also in the 49ers with Dyen/Christidis FRA, but Sibello/Sibello ITA approached them at 4 points, while Fletcher/Sign GBR are already 20 points behind. Leader change too in the 470-women where the dominating Kondo/Tabata JPN had to give in, leaving rank 1 to Cohen/Vered ISR closely in front of Aleh/Barbarich NZL. The Japanese, now on rank 3 five points behind, are not yet out of the title race. With the day ranks 1 and 3, Marina Alabau ESP defended her lead in the RS:X-women, but Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/2) came nearer. The new 3rd is the young Laura Linares ITA. The first heats of the Women Match Race quarter finals disputed in a best-of-five mode, were sailed: Clear winners in two matches with 2-0 leads by Anna Tunnicliffe USA (against Stephanie Hazard NZL) and Silja Lehtinen FIN (against Silke Hahlbrock GER), whereas Lucy MacGregor GBR and Sally Barkow USA as well as Claire Leroy FRA and Anne Leberre FRA are at a 1-1 tie. Today, the match racers will complete the quarter and semi finals to be ready for tomorrow's final. The fleet racers sail their last two heats to qualify the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Races. The weather forecast announces a similar weather pattern as yesterday. The official report and the video of the day.
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Olympic Worldcup - Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma ESP

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