|BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA-(6-12-2006) A sunny warm weather is back to San Isidro. The Tornados sailed races 3 & 4 with a nice SE 10-12 knots breeze.
Race 3 had 2 OCSs, the Chinese team of Luo Youjia & Xiuke Chen and ITA Vincenzo Sorrentino & Giorgio Colombo.
The left side of the course was the way to go and once again Austrians Roman Hagara & Hans Peter Steinacher lead the way with no competition and crossed the line one minute and a half ahead of the second RUS Andrey Kirilyuk & Valery Ushkov. Neither had the Spanish Toni Rivas & Fabian Escude, nor the Australians Darren Bundock & Glenn Ashby who finished third and fourth consecutively.
The RC side of the start of Race 4 was very busy and jammed. The French Yann Guichard & Alexandre Guyader were thrown towards the back of the RC boat and didn't make it to the starting line. The same happened to the Russians Andrey Kirilyuk & Valery Ushkov who still managed to restart behind the whole fleet and finished 31st.
The French Billy Besson & Arnaud Jarlegan were the leaders this time and the fleet stayed close together for 2 upwinds. The French opened the lead on the second downwind and had no problems getting the bullet. The Ozzies Darren Bundock & Glenn Ashby were second followed by AUT Roman Hagara & Hans Peter Steinacher, who are now the leaders of the Regatta. The Ozzies hold on to the second overall place.
' We decided to start clean at the pin, together with the Australians, and that made all the difference', explained the winner of the race French Billy Besson. They jumped up to 4th overall.
The Argentineans Bronze Medalists Santiago Lange & Carlos Espinola, made a come back and crossed the line in 4th, after an exciting finish head to head with Quingdao winners French Olivier Backes & Paul Ambroise Sevestre.
After a consistent performance in yesterday's races, French team Xavier Revil & Christophe Espagnon had a difficult day with a 22nd and a 24th and are now 7th overall.
2 races are scheduled for tomorrow starting at 13h00.
Top 5 after 4 races
1 AUT Roman Hagara & Hans Peter Steinacher 13 pts
2 AUS Darren Bundock & Glenn Ashby 14 pts
3 ARG Santiago Lange & Carlos Espinola 42 pts
4 FRA Billy Besson & Arnaud Jarlegan 47 pts
5 NED Mitch Booth & Pim Nieuwenhis 50 pts