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420 Open Europeans - Strong winds add to thrills on Day 3

Race day 3 at the 420 Open Europeans in Athens, Greece, and the breeze kicked in, gusting up to 25 knots and the race track got just a bit more exciting, compared to the previous light wind days.

In the Ladies event, Emma Kaneti and Ciara Rodriguez-Hora (USA) scored another race win, partnered with a discard score, after finishing 31st in the second race of the day.

Their phenomenal scorecard until Thursday’s finish still places them on a 16 point advantage.

Second are France's Violette Orange and Camille Orion, chased hard by the USA's Carmen Cowles and Emma Cowles, who clamber back up to third and sit just 1 point behind after scores of 2,1.

Britain's Hatty Morsley and Pippa Cropley picked up their first ever win at an international event Wednesday, and repeated that form to seize a third place in race 5, following up with a 32nd, to sit in 6th overall.

420 - Ladies Provisional Results – Top 5 after 6 Races
1. Emma KANETI/Ciara RODRIGUEZ-HORAN (USA 54066) - 11 pts
2. Violette DORANGE/Camille ORION (FRA 56277) - 27 pts
3. Carmen COWLES/Emma COWLES (USA 56365) - 28 pts
4. Maria CABA/Pilar CABA (ESP 56245) - 30 pts
5. Marta GARRIDO/Clara LLABRÉS (ESP 56260) - 46 pts

In the Open event Italy's Edoardo Ferraro and Francesco Orlando bounced into the lead, with race results of 1, 3, in the blue fleet.

The duo sit on a small 5 point margin over team mates Andrea Spagnolli and Kevin Rio, who scored the same results but the other way around, 3, 1, in the yellow fleet.

Overnight leaders Carlos Balaguer and Antoni Massanet of Spain drop to third.

They struggled in the opening race 5, scoring a 19th and their worst finish of the series so far, but responded in the final race with a 2nd place.

Britain's Alex Smallwood and Ross Thompson (7,7) are seventh.

420 - Open Provisional Results – Top 5 after 6 Races
1. Edoardo FERRARO/Francesco ORLANDO (ITA 56278) - 12 pts
2. Andrea SPAGNOLLI/Kevin RIO (ITA 56028) - 17 pts
3. Carlos BALAGUER/Antoni MASSANET (ESP 55947) - 20 pts
4. Telis ATHANASOPOULOS YOGO/Dimitris TASSIOS (GRE 56371) - 20 pts
5. Elias ARETZ/Pablo GARCÍA (ESP 56251) - 24 pts

In the under-17 fleet leaders Italy’s Demetrio Sposato and Gabriele Centrone (3,4) keep a five point lead.

A cracking race day for the USA's young pairing of Max Anker and Leyton Borcherding who took out both race wins and sit in 2nd overall

Bjarne Studt and Piet Strohm (4,5) are third and Britain's Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright (5,19) are sixth.

420 - U17 Provisional Results – Top 5 after 6 Races
1. Demetrio SPOSATO/Gabriele CENTRONE (ITA 56124) - 15 pts
2. Max ANKER/Leyton BORCHERDING (USA 56128) - 20 pts
3. Bjarne STUDT/Piet STROHM (GER 55251) - 23 pts
4. Carlotta SCODNIK/Camilla SCODNIK (ITA 56272) - 32 pts
5. Martín WIZNER/Pedro AMENEIRO (ESP 56016) - 34 pts

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