Exciting close knit racing was the dish of the day in Qingdao, China as racing ramped up on the third day of ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. In the women's RSX Bryony Shaw dropped back to ninth overall after picking-up an OCS in the first race of the day.
Peina Chen's (CHN) bright start to the competition continued on Wednesday, but she is just two points clear of Maayan Davidovich (ISR). Both sailors took a win apiece to sit first and second whilst Hong Kong's Chan Hei was given a redress in Race 5 and 6 and is third overall.
In the Women's 470 Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) have been head and shoulders above the all China fleet in Qingdao winning every race so far in a convincing manner. Having had a short break from racing after the 470 Worlds, the pair have seamlessly found their feet at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao.
Huimin Feng and Lizhu Huang (CHN) Nan Zhang and Yixiao Lv (CHN) trail the New Zealanders in second and third on 13 points apiece.
In the Men's 470 Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) brought themselves within a point of early leaders Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) with two race wins and a third. China's Dongwei Wang and Daokun Deng are in third.
Despite discarding an OCS in Laser Race 3 Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) has moved into the overall lead in the Laser. Stipanovic regrouped from the OCS, sailing conservatively at the start of the next two races, using his knowledge of the race track to secure a bullet and a second. Pavlos Kontides (CYP) dropped to third overall after a disappointing third day whilst Thomas Saunders (NZL) climbed up second, six points behind Stipanovic.
World #1 Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) held onto her lead in the Laser Radial with another consistent day of racing. Two seconds and a fourth gives her a five point advantage over Amelie Riou (FRA). The day's race wins went to third place Dongshuang Wang (CHN), Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU), who sits tenth and France's Riou.
And finally in the Men's RS:X Israel's Shahar Zubari continued his good form on the third day of racing, picking up two out of three race victories. Zubari leads on seven points, closely followed by Hong Kong's Chen and World #2 Santos is third.
ISAF / G New
16 October 2013 18:48