Day 4 at the the ISAF Sailing World Cup Princess Sofia Regatta
and it was light and shifty. Staying consistent was, as always,
the name of the game at this crucial point in the regatta.
on the top step of the podium. Blow one race and put your
fate into the hands of others.
Marina Alabau (ESP), Charline Picon (FRA) and Laura Linares (ITA) took the first option in the RS:X women's fleet. With Dorian van Rissjelberge (NED), Tom Ashley (NZL) and Ricrado Santos (BRA) doing the same in the RS:X men's fleet.
That leaves Marina on a 6 point cushion with Charline second. With one more full race day to go, Laura who is 13 points back in third will be aiming to make one last effort to close up the points difference to give herself a chance of taking the silver medal tormorrow
Back in 4th, Blanca Manchon (ESP) put in her second day of consistent results to push Alessandra Sensini (ITA) back to 5th on equal points with Zofia Klepacka (POL).
Nick Dempsey (GBR) must be kicking himself for his 10th in the last race of the day. This poor result eased the pressure on Dorian big time. His 11 point lead is almost unassailable now.
But Tom is climbing steadily. He still has to bridge a 9 point gap to get past Nick but his results are turning up the heat. One more poor result from Nick and it could be 'Bye Bye' to the silver medal.
Meanwhile Ricardo is pushing hard too. His scoreline of 2-3 today pushes him up to 4th with every chance of going one better on Friday.
The stand out performer of the regatta so far must be Zac Plavsic (CAN) who is hanging in there in 10th place overall. He spent time training in New Zealand last winter and has been working with Dorian and his coach Aaron MacIntosh too. It seems to being paying off :)