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Tough Day for Joao as Ivan Extends his Lead
Posted On:  05/07/2017 08:17:53

Three races again here in the coast town of Salou with wind from 6 to 9 kts today favouring weak wind sailors from the start.

Racing was postponed as the race committee waited for the wind to pick up, and it did, but only just enough to enable racing. These were Ivan Pastor's conditions, with two more bullets and a UFD in a race, in which he also crossed the line first.

Joao Rodrigues, who was right behind Ivan from the go, did not have the best of days. Following an UFD in the first race he had to retire from the last due to equipment failure. Nevertheless, he was full of praise for the leader. "Tough fight with Ivan but I admit that in these conditions he has speed which is hard to beat," he said.

Bruce Trotter from New Zealand found this out the hard way as well. He was first around the top mark in the last race and as he said he was outmuscled during the race by Ivan, Nicolas Hugeut and Fernando Pasqualin from Brazil.

Top three in the men's fleet after six races are Ivan Pastor, Nicolas Higuet and Jorge Maciel.

Blanca Manchon is dominant in the women's fleet. Blanca has won all the races and leads the Olympic silver medallist Tuuli Petaja-Siren by 4 points. Third is Aleksandra Blinnikka.

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