PUTTING THE HAMMER DOWN IN MARSEILLE08 Jun 2018
Marseille was picture perfect for the fourth day of racing at Sailing's World Cup Series Final.
Thursday's grey skies and lack of wind was replaced with clear blue skies and a consistent 8-13 knot south westerly breeze that whetted the appetite of the 212 sailors from 34 nation hungry for breeze.
The Men's and Women's 470 fleets continued their opening series, sailing an additional race to catch up on races lost the day prior.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) advanced to the top in the Men's 470 after two race wins and a tenth, which they discard. Germany's Malte Winkel and Matti Cipra are nine points of the Australians in second. The day's other race win went to Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabrò (ITA) who are tenth.
In the Women's 470, Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR), defending World Cup Series Champions, continue to fight with Spain's Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero. The Brits managed to extend their lead to four points, after beating the Spaniards in two of three races. Ai Kondo and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) remain in contention in third.
Medal Races are scheduled to commence at 12:00 local time on Saturday 9 June with World Cup Series Champions to be crowned in the Nacra 17 and RS:X Windsurfers. The remaining fleets will conclude their opening series ahead of Sunday's Medal Races.
By Daniel Smith - World Sailing