Until to-day, the top contenders may not have been on the same course as their nearest rivals in the overall standings, but with nine races now in the bag, the fleet will divide permanently into its gold and silver halves for five final races to-morrow (Thurs) and Friday.
Light shifty airs and grey overcast skies this morning (Wed) warned of what is to come, with high pressure and even lighter winds set to dominate the last two days of racing. The overall standings are set to change further as protest hearings are scheduled to stretch long into the night. Thirteen disputes, five of those against the Race Committee, will be heard before results are made final and the Gold and Silver fleets split for once and for all.
Irish boats again failed to make a dent in the top ten overall, but there was a rare Irish one-two in the Orange Fleet with Cork helms Ronan Collins and Aidan O’Connell coming out on top in the second race of the day in the Orange fleet.
On provisional results in the pre-qualifying racing Peter O’Leary finished 12th overall, Stefan Hyde 30th, Ronan Collins 32nd, Kieran Dorgan 42nd and Aidan O’Connell 45th.
To-morrow’s racing will be scrutinised further with GPS trackers on the top 20 boats allowing on- line spectators to follow the racing in real time on www.live-regatta.com