The second day of the International 420 World Championships saw perfect sailing weather continue at Hayling Island Sailing Club in Hampshire yesterday

The second day of the International 420 World Championships saw perfect sailing weather continue at Hayling Island Sailing Club in Hampshire yesterday. The day’s racing was sponsored by Maui Jim, makers of high quality polarized sailing glasses, there was an extra incentive, as prizes were provided for the best results. With a steady force 3-4 from the south south west and good waves, the conditions provided a perfect challenge for the world class sailors assembled.

In both championships, one boat proved dominant. The slightly fresher winds suited Isabel Flicker and Laura Zanni who romped home in both races to leap up the overall rankings to 3rd. Winning by a large margin, this classy Brazilian pair look sure to contest the medals with overnight leaders Dorothea Gebert and Natascha Lorenz of Germany, and top British team Charlotte Savage and Maia Walsh who remain 3rd. Both leading pairs were required to employ their discard today, but turned in a 2nd consistent result to remain ahead. With a 2nd and a 5th, German pair Silke Hahlbrock and Marion Rommel showed their form to lie 5th, behind the consistent Virginia Morales Paez and Elena Barambio Hurtaoo of Spain. These 5 pairs are now 11 points clear of the rest of the fleet and, if they are able to retain their form, look likely medal prospects.

For the men, Greek pair George Vassilas and Evangelos Mitakis of Greece stamped their authority on the flights competition with two wins and a 3rd place. Two beautiful starts won them their races; choosing the less popular port tack, they showed great boat speed to emerge ahead of the pack and take the lead. Coupled with a 1st on Saturday, yesterday’s great performance was sufficient to see them emerge the winners of the round robin competition. From Tuesday (when racing resumes after today’s lay day for the Francis Mouvet Team Racing Championship) the fleet will be split evenly into a Gold and Silver fleet with the top and bottom halves of the current rankings respectively. The other results were more evenly shared between the competitors, with French pair Alexandre Rossignol and David Boudgourd doing enough to stay 2nd, whilst two 2nd places from Max Dzembritski and Fabian Baumgarten of Germany saw them jump up the rankings to 3rd.

The dominance of the French ebbed slightly; they still have a number of boats well-placed for the coming championship, but their monopolisation of the higher places has given way to a more widely spread fleet. Their consistent, and at times outstanding, performance, however, seems to ensure that a number of the French pairs will challenge for medals. The British team, after a slow start, appeared to recover their form today. In the final race in flights, four British boats, headed by Luke Patience and Adam Wagner who eventually took 1st by almost a leg, led at the windward mark, and eventually took four of the top five places. Some consistent results from winners of Flanders Regatta Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes and Jonathan Frazer have jumped them up the rankings to finish this stage 7th. They will have stiff competition from a very strong field, as the flight races have proven the depth of ability in the men’s fleet.

Duarte Santos and Duarte Silva of Portugal were unlucky not to be higher ranked tonight. They led their last race from the start and were set for victory when, at the final mark, their boom broke compelling them to finish the race with Silva on the transom holding their main. A valiant effort saw them cross the line in 19th place and, having qualified for the gold fleet, they will have a chance to challenge for the medals.