#DLR2013–Gusting to 30–knots Ireland's 'Breeze Queen' Annalise Murphy took a third in race four and a runaway win in race five to close the gap to just two points on the overall leader in the Laser Radial fleet before racing was cancelled at the Delta Llyod regatta today.
Annalise powered away downwind in race five to establish a long lead in what turned out to be the final race of the day. Significantly though overall regatta leader GBR's Alison Young was able to match Annalise's heavy air upwind speed in this morning's first race. The Briton now counts three firsts in her four race tally so far. Overall Annalise is on 7 points and stays second to Young on 5 points with local helm Marit Boumeester third on 11.
Lijia Xu, the Olympic champion is down the rankings in the strong conditions encountered so far and placed ninth in the 47–boat fleet.
The second day of racing in the Delta Lloyd Regatta tested sailor's fitnessand the equipment. Wind averaging 25 knots and picking at 30, throughout the day made for physical racing.
Only the Nacra and the 49er FX were cancelled. The Finn and Laser radial were the first to hit the water in the morning, followed by the RS:X men and women. The remaining fleets were kept to shore waiting for the wind to decrease.
Hyères Sailing World Cup winner, Andrew Mills (GBR) has taken the lead from Greg Douglas (CAN) in the Finn class after three races sailed this morning. Mills is discarding a disqualification at the start of race two to count only top five places. The day's races win went to Miami SWC winner Caleb Paine (USA) and PJ Postma (NED) who place second and third overall.
The Laser Radial completed two races on the three scheduled. Alison Young (GBR) keeps the lead with a bullet in the first race. While the second race was taken by Annalise Murphy (IRL) who is renowned to show her best in the heavy winds. The Irish places second overall in front of Marit Bouwmeester (NED) consistent with two second places.
Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan (HKG) enjoyed the waves and planning conditions to still the lead from Moana Delle in the RS:X with top three placings. However with a victory and two second places, Hélène Noesmoen (FRA) scored the best results on the water and climbs to sixth overall.
Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) conserves top position in the RS:X men but Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL), winner of the SWC in Hyères is closing the gap with two first places and a second. 2012 World Champion Julien Bontemps (FRA) wins the third race to remain in third overall.
The race committees had a very long day on the water. After the completion of racing in the Finn, Radial and RS:X, the remaining classes were kept ashore waiting for the wind to calm down. At 5PM the warning signal was finally given for the 470 and Lasers and racing cancelled for the 49ers, 2.4 and Sonar.
Soon after 7pm, the 470 and Lasers came back to shore after two races in 20 knots.
Olympic Champions Joe Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) continued on their impressive performance to add another two victories to their score to comfort their lead over the 470 fleets.
Croatians are taking the lead in two classes.
In the Men, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) won the first race and placed second in the last to take a narrow lead over the Australians Matt Belcher and Will Ryan.
The Lasers were last to reach the shore, the windy races were dominated by the Australians and New-Zealanders, however consistent results from Croatian Tonci Stipanovic (3-4) place him in the lead after five races.
Today saw the end of the qualification stages for the Laser, Radial and RS:X. They will be split in Gold and Silver for the next two days with the top 25 in each class qualifying for the Gold fleet.