Tuesday: Day 2
While it is a perfect kick start to the Olympic classes season in Europe, the annual Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar serves as a touchstone for year-on-year progress. The second racing day provided all fleets with a light breeze of 10-12 knots and sunny conditions. Everyone was excited to hit the water and bring their best performance in order to stay in the fight for the desired podium spots.
Australia’s Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman took the overall lead in the record-sized 49er class, as GBR’s 2017 World Champions Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell lie second. They are looking to cement selection to the Tokyo Olympic test event as soon as possible. The strength and depth of young talent coming up in the 49er fleet reflects the appeal of the skiff class and, one supposes, certain security on the Olympic roster.
New Zealand have three duos here with gold medallists Burling and Tuke - who had a shaky 17, 23, return to the class before winning their Race 3. France have nine crews, Germany have 12 crews, GBR eight duos and the host nation, Spain 11. World champions Sime and Mihovil Fantela are 18th after scoring 18,1,11.
Today was also the opening race day for the RS:X Women. Jie Du and Yuw Tan from China and Siripon Kaewduangngam from Thailand stand in the top 3 positions with equal points! Jie Du scored 5,3 and 1 to solve the tie, while Yue opened the day with an Ace followed by 8 and 3. Siripon scored to 2nds and a 15. World champion Lilian De Geus is standing 8th at the moment.