Races Near End At World Championships

The 470 category of women’s teams that was completed in the Hempel Sailing World Championships saw the first medal race completed and the fleet was led by the Japanese duo, Miho Yoshioka and Ai Kondo Yoshida. They led the fleet by five points when the race concluded. Both the women sailors had been a team in the Rio Olympics, where they had finished in fifth position. They came in sixth position in the race that was held on Tuesday.

Aloise Retornaz and Camille Lecointre of France claimed the second position. Hannah Mills, also a Rio Olympic champion, was unable to claim a good position with her crew and they finished at 18th position. Yoshida stated that they were feeling confident in the race and they were glad to have finished in the sixth position. Mills however, was furious and said that, even though the winds held steady they were unable to do much in the waters; they got postponed several times and that left them feeling frustrated.

The World Championships is coming to an end soon and the fields are narrowing down to the medal race. The weekend saw the Finn category as well as men’s and women’s categories in the 470S along with the Laser Radial and Laser medal race fleets get determined. The top tens still remain familiar names in the world of sailing races. While the Rio women champions dominated the 470s category, the men’s category saw Frederik Bergström and Anton Dahlberg stay in the lead. The forecast has remained stable with the easterlies blowing at 8 to 10 knots. Belcher, who had won gold in 2012 Olympics in London, is in the lead and the Swedes also look ready for taking the crown positions.

The Laser Radial fleet managed a single race while the second race was abandoned and here Anne-Marie Rindom holds the lead.