The Medal Race places were decided on the penultimate day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères. The International Sailing Federation’s scoring experimentation is continuing at this regatta, with a lot of points to be gained or lost in Saturday’s medal races for the Olympic Classes.
There will be two double-points scoring medal races for the top ten boats in each Olympic Class, with the exception of the 49er and 49erFX where three double-points races will be held for the top eight boats, making for some intense racing.
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In the 49er class, three British crews currently occupy the top three spots of the leaderboard, with Dave Evans and Ed Powys taking the yellow jerseys into the final day. They’re tied on points with Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, with Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes nine points behind their teammates.
More podium places beckon in the Finn class where four British sailors have qualified for the ten-boat finals. Giles Scott retains his lead with a race win and a third on the water on Friday, with Andrew Mills in second, with two consistent second places leaving him just six points behind the 2011 World Champion Scott.
In the Laser Radial class, a seventh and a fourth for Alison Young has seen her narrow the gap on the Dutch series leader Marit Bouwmeester to just one point.
In the RS:X women’s windsurfing event, France’s Charline Picon has extended her lead over Britain’s Bryony Shaw to 11 points heading into the final day.
Charlotte Dobson and Mary Rook qualify for the 49erFX medal races in second place behind Alex Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand who sailed themselves into the 49erFX lead on the penultimate day taking two bullets and a second.
France’s Billy Besson and Marie Riou have moved into the Nacra 17 lead where any of six boats can win. Britain's Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond have a chance of a first podium finish for Great Britain in the new Olympic multihull class. The duo started their day with a third and a race win before boat breakage forced them to retire from the third race of the day.
Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield made up for their gear failure on Thursday with a fourth and a second from their two races so see them in fifth overall, while Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre are up to fourth in 470 women’s event with a scores of sixth and ninth on the water today.
Nick THompson just made it into the tenth spot of the Laser final, where multi Olympic and world champion Robert Scheidt of Brazil has taken the lead. GBR sailors do not feature in the men's RS:X medal race.
Leading positions going into the final day medal races
RS:X Women : after 7 races
1 – Charline Picon (FRA): 6 pts
2 – Bryony Shaw (GBR): 17 pts
3 – Blanca Manchon (ESP): 18 pts
RS: X Men: after 7 races
1 - Ivan Pastor (ESP) : 11 pts
2 - Louis Giard (FRA): 12 pts
3 - Piotr Myszka (POL) : 18 pts
Finn: after 7 races
1 – Gilles Scott (GBR): 11 pts
2 – Andrew Mills (GBR): 17 pts
3 – Pieter Jan Postma (NED): 34 pts...
Laser Radial : after 7 races
1 – Marit Bouwmeester (NED):15 pts
2 – Alison Young (GBR): 16 pts
3 – Tuula Tenkanen (FIN): 18 pts
Laser standard : after 7 races:
1 – Robert Scheidt (BRA): 30 pts
2 - Stipanovic Tonci (CRO):32 pts
3 – Tom Burton (AUS): 35 pts
470 Women, after 7 races
1 – Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan (BRA) : 16 pts
2 – Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Géron (FRA) : 25 pts
3 - Wang Xiaoli and Huang Xufeng (CHN) : 28 pts
470 Men, after 7 races
1 - Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) : 19 pts
2 - Sofian Bouvet and Jéremie Mion (YC Antibes / SR Havre) : 35 pts
3 - Pierre Leboucher and Nicolas Le Berre (FRA) : 35 pts
49er FX, after 10 races :
1 - Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL):18 pts
2 - Charlotte Dobson and Mary Rook (GBR): 36 pts
3 - Martine Soffiatti and Kahena Kunze (BRA): 38 pts
Nacra17, after 10 races :
1 – Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) : 39 pts
2 – Tim Shuwalow and Hanna Klinga (SWE) : 41 pts
3 – Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) : 43 pts
26 April 2013 22:56 GMT