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Offshore Sailing Worlds - Leaders tighten grip

No change at the top of the leaderboards in each of the three classes.

In Class A, leader Karl Kwok's Pac 52 Beau Geste (HKG) continued to have close but definitive racing with her runner-up rival, Tilmar Hansen's TP 52 Outsider (GER), and continued to earn bullets for the scoreboard.

While the results may look stratified, the margins between places are tight - usually around 30 seconds only - as the 52's battle for the 1-2 spots and are extending in their points lead away from the others.

So it looks as though the only remaining battleground in the class is for third place.

The Rotterdam Offshore Sailing Team's Ker 46 Van Uden led by skipper Gerd-Jan Poortman currently has a thin 0.5-point margin over Bas de Voogd's Carkeek 40 Hitchhiker (NED).

The situation is a little similar in the standings in Class B, where Claus Landmark's Landmark 43 Santa (NOR) continues doing quite well, making few mistakes and harvesting strong results.

However, their nearest rival is another Landmark 43 from Norway, Torkel Valland's White Shadow, who shared first place points Wednesda with Santa in the second race.

Unlike Class A, White Shadow as runner-up in the standings cannot be comfortable, because their points margin is very thin with the third-placed team: only two points to Tiit Vihul's modified X-41 Olympic (EST).

Sharing first place with Santa in the first race Wednesday showed their potential, and while they have a 11-point margin on Michael Berghorn's X-41 Halbtrocken 4.0, the discard tomorrow could compress this further.

In Class C the fleet sailed in different winds than the AB course further north: winds were lighter and shiftier.

As in Class B, the class leader is stretching ahead on points on the strength of solid results, with Patrik Forsgren's modified First 36.6 Pro4U over 20 points ahead of Gideon Messink's J/112E J Lance (FRA).

Kai Mares's Italia 9.98 remains third in the standings despite mediocre scores Wednesday, and is thus in danger of being overtaken with Aivar Tuulberg's Cossutti 35 Katariina II lurking only ½ point back.

Two more inshore races are scheduled Thursday.

All results availale here

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