ISAF WORLD CUP – Despite some bleak weather expectations for Day 5 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013, Port Phillip turned on a corker day.
The grey skies and big seas of the morning eased as the day progressed. The sun shone brightly and all appeared to be well with the world – today was just the second of sunshine and summer warmth.
The south westerly which had given Port Phillip a hammering for a day and most of the night, eased as the day unfolded. In its place came an oscillating breeze with plenty of variations in pressure and direction.
Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) lead the nine boat 470 Men’s fleet, with Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic second, three points in arrears. There is a big 17-point gap back to the third placed crew of Angus Galloway and Tim Hannah (AUS).
The Brazilian crew of Geison Mendes and Gustavo Thiesen are two points behind Galloway and Hannah and still in contention for the Bronze medal, after a better today, winning Race eight.
“Today was very shifty, light wind conditions, and we are pleased with how we sailed,” said Thiesen. “The first upwind legs were very good for us in the first and second races. We were first to the first mark in both races. In the last race we did not have a good starting plan and we didn’t get as good a start as we did in the other races,” added Mendes.
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