Draper and Greenhalgh into the lead

On the penultimate day of the 49er Europeans

Friday July 9th 2010, Author: Jerelyn Biehl, Location: Poland

Challenging was the word to describe today's racing at the Seiko 49er Europeans as the fleet struggled in winds of less than 7 knots on Gdansk Bay. Finding stable wind to hold racing was the challenge for the Race Committee, but they managed to complete three races in the gold fleet, two in bronze and none in the silver fleet.

The challenging conditions enabled some teams to excel in the lighter breeze, moving them up the leaderboard for the last day of finals; especially France's Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis, who have moved up to third after posting a 9-2-2 today. First and second also
swapped places with Skandia Team GBR's Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh sailing more consistently than Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes to give them a 11 point lead at the top.

Australians Steve Thomas and Nick Brownie won the first and third races of today with a 16th in the middle race moving them up 4four places overall to 13th. The conditions were to their liking and they’re looking forward to the light forecast for the finals.

Four teams were caught OCS in the last race including two of the top 5 who now count those as a discard.

Racing for the finals continues tomorrow with 2 races in the finals followed immediately by the medal race.

Full results here

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