Juanpa Cadario: Skandia Sail for Gold día 2

Skandia Sail for Gold día 2

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Vive La France

It was the French that nailed it on the second day of Skandia Sail for Gold 2010, with glittering, stand-out performances in three classes. Probably the most remarkable, given the conditions, were the two bullets that Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis added to the three second places that they scored yesterday. They now lead the 49er class by seven points from Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand.

The second members of France's golden trio were the 470 duo of Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos, who also scored double bullets today, and added them to a first and third from yesterday to lead World Champions, Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page by eight points. Almost as dominant was Jonathan Lobert (FRA) in the Finn Class, adding another second place to the first and second that he scored yesterday. It puts him 17 points clear of Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma in second - not bad after just three races.

Elsewhere, the Kiwi Star pairing of Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk - winners of both of yesterday's races - slipped from their pedestal a little with a ninth today, but still lead overall. The other stand-out performers of yesterday also slipped closer to the pack. The Dutch Sonar team of Udo Hessels, Marcel van der Veen and Mischa Rossen followed up two bullets with a second and a third, and now lead the British team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stevie Thomas by just three points. Also slipping a little were Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Veronika Fenclova (CZE) in the Laser Radial - both girls winning their two races yesterday - today Bouwmeester won another, and then got a seventh in the final race, while Fenclova only managed a fifth and an eighth.

Top three (results conditional on protests)

470 Women
1. Kondon / Tabata, JPN, 21 points
2. Westerhof / Berkhout, NED, 23
3. Petitjean / Douroux, FRA, 38

470 Men
1.Leboucher / Garos, FRA, 6
2. Belcher / Page, AUS, 14
3. Patience / Bithell, GBR,15

1.Dyen / Christidis, FRA, 8
2. Burling / Tuke, NZL, 15
3. Sibello / Sibello, ITA, 26

1.Lobert, FRA, 5
2. Postma, NED, 22
3. Gaspic, CRO, 22

1.Goodison, GBR, 12
2. Murdoch, NZL, 14
3. De Haas, NED, 18

Laser Radial
1.Bouwmeester, NED, 11
2. Fenclova, CZE, 15
3. Van Acker, BEL, 15

RS:X Men
1.Van Rijsselberge, NED, 10
2. Dempsey, GBR, 10
3. Rodrigues, POR, 10

RS:X Women
1.Manchon, ESP, 13
2. Picon, FRA, 17
3. Tartaglini, ITA, 18

1. Pepper / Monk, NZL, 11
2. Polgar / Koy, GER, 14
3. Florent / Rambeau, FRA, 21

Women's Match Racing
1. Leroy / Riou / Bertr, FRA 7-0
2. Souter / Curtis / Price, AUS 6-1
3. Macgregor / Lush / Macgregor, GBR 5-0



1.Damien, FRA, 6
2. Schmitter, NED, 6
3. Kol, NED, 12

1.Rickham / Birrell, GBR, 3
2. Fitzgibbon / Cox, AUS, 3
3. McRoberts / Hopkin, CAN, 6

1.Hessels / Rossen, NED, 7
2. Robertson / Stodel, GBR, 10
3. Kroker / Prem, GER, 12