Bryony Shaw was unable to make any impression on the leading group at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao on the penultimate day of racing. After three more races Shaw moves to fifth overall in the Women's RS:X event.
Maayan Davidovich (ISR) clawed back two points from overnight leader Peina Chen (CHN). Chen leads on 28 points compared to Davidovich's 35 points and the Israeli will have her work cut out on the final day to overthrow the Chinese sailor. In the final podium spot is Jiahui Wu (CHN) with plenty of daylight between Qiaoshan Weng (CHN) in fourth.
Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) go into Saturday's Men's 470 Medal Race with a four point lead over Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO). Paul Snow Hansen and Dan Wilcox (NZL) took third place from Hao Lan and Chao Wang (CHN) and are seven points clear of the Chinese team going into the final day.
China's Hui Feng and Lizhu Huang bossed the Women's 470 on the penultimate day taking three race wins. The pair have pulled within six points of early front runners Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) who finished with a discarded sixth and two seconds. Qian Fu and Liyun Liu (CHN) and Nan Shanghai and Xue Li (CHN) are tied in third on 27 points.
In the Laser fleet Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) took gold with a day to spare after notching up two penultimate day race wins. The heat is on for the remaining podium spots as ten points separates Kontides in second and Kacper Zieminski (POL) in sixth.
Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) held her six point lead in the Laser Radial matching Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) with a fourth and a first. Zhang has won six races in the week but hasn't shown consistency to run away with the lead enabling Drozdovskaya to remain on her heals. Both sailors are guaranteed first and second, but the order will be decided on the final day.
Shahar Zubari (ISR) goes into the Men's RS:X Medal Race with an 18 point lead over World #2 Ricardo Santos (BRA). Zubari has been on top form in Qingdao, demonstrating excellence in both the big breeze and the light winds and has won six out of 11 races throughout the week.
18 October 2013 12:54