The race committee had to wait until mid-afternoon, while the sea breeze progressively lowered and changed for a North-Easterly, to start racing. With big clouds over the bay, the pressure was uneven on the race course and made racing very tricky. These conditions produced new heat winners in most classes, reducing the lead of most favourites or producing new ones.
In the RS:X Class men's fleet, everyone in the leading peleton put in at least one bad result. There is always one exception. In this case, it is Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) who posted a 2nd a 1st to take over as the overall leader.
Fabian Heidegger (ITA) had a relatively bad day finishing 8th and 12th dropping him to second overall. He now has a fight on his hands to maintain even that position. Having looked comfortable, he is now under pressure. Only 3 points behind are Ricardo Santos (BRA) and Joao Rodrigues (POR) who are tied on 19 points. Both has vast experience and both have proven ability to win big events.
Shahar Zubari (ISR) is a further two points adrift and must be thinking that he still has a chance of a podium finish. Alex Guyader (FRA) is 6 points off the third place and must also fancy his chances expecially as the medal race counts double points. A good finish will allow him to do the business and allow him to re-establish his credentials as a contender in the French Team.