It was an exciting day in all classes on the fourth day of the 2016 Hansa Worlds.
In two classes, the Champions have almost already been determined. In the Liberty fleet, Sarah Dunckley knew how to manage the waves and the cold weather, finishing in first place in both races and leading the fleet by nine points.
In the Hansa 2.3 it’s the Malaysian Al Mustakin Matrin who has such a big advantage – having won every race, he only has to start tomorrow to become World Champion. In eight place, Portugal’s Pedro Carvalho says “I’m not really satisfied with my results. It’s my first world championship, so for me it’s also good practice.”
The 303 singles trophy seems destined to return to Australia, with Chris Symonds a clear leader – 13 points in front of his nearest rival. Backing up in the doubles with sailing partner Mike Darby, the pair are in second place,5 points behind the Swiss team.
In the Hansa 303 doubles, the Swiss team of Patrick Maurer and Christian Hiller had a mixed day today with a sixth and first place: “It all depends on tomorrow.” The Portuguese are also excited for the last day of competition. Pedro Reis and Ana Cunha had some bad luck this week, but are tied for 3rd place with Malaysia’s Nurul Amilin Balawi, and Mustafah Junell. Ries said:“Today was a good day, a first and third place. Now we’re still in the race for a medal tomorrow, so we will get an early night’s sleep.”
A really exciting battle is playing out with GBR’s Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrel and the Polish team of Monika Gibes and Piotr Cichoki in the SKUD18. Both on 9 points after discards, but the British team are in the lead, having won three of the last four races.
The final day’s racing begins at 10 am local time tomorrow.
Full results are available here.