Saturday 16th July 2022 Words: Gemma Hamaini Photos: John Markantonis / Andromedas Sfakianou
It was a slow start for day three of competition in Rhodes, Greece, but the pace picked up very quickly once the trusted winds kicked in at around 3pm, just as the locals had predicted. We completed one more full elimination for the men and two more for the women.
Paula Novotna went flying through the course with a great advantage to start this third day of racing. Nia Suardiaz had a more complicated start, and was sitting in third place right until the final moments of the race where she managed to overtake Mathilde Lovadina who had been holding on to the second position.
This time it was Nia who got off to a flying start for elimination 9, and this time she managed to stay ahead of Paula throughout the entire course. Paula had her hopes set on yet another win, but Nia had clicked into top gear and there was no stopping her. She cleared the finish line in first place, followed by Novotna and Mathilde Lovadina in third.
On the women’s side, there are now two discards in play. Nia has the lead for now, but it is still a tight race where anything could happen.
It was a disastrous start for Francesco Cappuzzo who went down at the first mark in the final of Elimination 4. Mathis Ghio however maintained an excellent pace and held on to his lead throughout the race, repeating his strong performance from yesterday. He put a safe distance between himself and the rest of the pack, and cruised through in first place. In second was Bastien Escofet followed by Luca Franchi.
With the fourth elimination now complete, the first men’s discard came into play. This switched things around in the overall rankings,meaning Mathis Ghio has now boosted himself up into first position.
The current standings after four eliminations are:
It was a stormy and windy morning on the penultimate day of competition in Tauranga, New Zealand. Despite the conditions, we completed 4 eliminations for the men and 11 for the women, with Bastien Escofet and Nia Suardiaz holding the lead.