Olympic Classes - Olympic Test Event - Rio de Janeiro BRA - Day 3


After the windless Monday, the backside of the passing depression brought wind, even more as forecast, and more as normal on the Rio Olympic waters. A breeze exceeding 16 kn and a massive up to 4 meter swell made racing on the two outside courses on the Atlantic difficult. On the three courses in the Guanabara Bay, a gusty and shifty (up to 50°) breeze was very challenging for the teams. 
The two 470 fleets sailed off the Copacabana with the favorites dominating the technically tricky situation. Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS are clearly on top after three races in the 470 men with the day ranks 1/2/1. Fantela/Marenic CRO and a point behind Patience/Willis GBR tied with Bouvet/Mion FRAare the first persuers. 
No surprises in the 470 women with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA leading with the day ranks 2/1/1. Two points behind, Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL share rank 2. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT are 4th. 
The second class sailing on the Atlantic were the Nacra 17, where the double multihull Olympic medalist Darren Bundock AUS together with Nina Curtis AUS as crew felt at ease in these technically challenging conditions, taking the lead ahead of Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA as 2nd and Franck Cammas/Sophie de Turckheim FRA as 3rd. 
The demanding conditions on the inshore courses with shifty and unconstant winds gave Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA all aces on their home waters, taking the overall lead in the 49ersFX with the ranks 2/2/1/1. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL follow 2 points behind.
Also in the 49ers, the favorites are on top with Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS, winning three of the four races. On rank 2 follow Delle-Karth/Resch AUT, with d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Burling/Tuke NZL closely behind. The windsurfers finished already five heats. In the RS:X men, the Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Byron Kokkalanis GRE share the lead. Pierre Le Coq FRA follows 2 points behind. 
Charline Picon FRA has already an 11 points' lead in the RS:X women. Mayaan Davidovich ISR remained on rank2 with - new on rank 3 - Eugenie Ricard FRA.
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