by Jo Grindley
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has seen a relative calm come over Weymouth Bay on day four which is a relief after the battering of the previous day.
Skandia Team GBR 470 sailors Penny Clark and Kat Hughes at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011
Even with the relief of the weather, there was no easing of tension or aggression in the racing that took place, as the fleets moved into the endgame.
The Kiwi women, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie owned the Women’s 470 course today with a superb couple of victories that took them past the British pairing of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark and into the lead. The Brits had their worst day so far with a 16th and an eighth, but held onto second ahead of the Israelis Gil Cohen and Vered Bouskila.
The Gold 49er fleet managed to get in four races and it was the Australian World Champions, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen who turned on the style with two firsts, a fourth and a sixth to take the overall lead. The overnight leaders, Italy’s Sibello brothers could post nothing better than an eighth and slipped back to fourth. Skandia Team GBR’s John Pink and Rick Peacock held onto second, with France’s Stephane Christidis and Peter Hansen moving up from fifth to third.
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