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Light winds in Hyères benefit light sailors - Tom Ashley currently 2nd equal

Not a breath of wind this morning in Hyères. The Finns and 470’s, sailing further down the bay, were the first to launch, the race committee hoping for some sea breeze to reach their racing area first.
It came at the end of the morning, a light 6 knots increasing slightly to 8 by mid afternoon. Unsettled all day, the wind started to operate a wide rotation from the East to South East and finally to South/South West resulting in races abandoned in the Yngling, 49er, Tornado and Lasers.

”Minimal weight for maximum strength!”
The light air favourites took again this opportunity, the last this week, to increase their lead. In the Men RS:X, the top 4 in the regatta have shared today the top 4 places in the only race sailed…and they are within 4 points of each others! The fleet leader, Yin King Chan (HKG) crossed the finish line first, ahead of Frenchman Julien Bontemps in 4th overall. Tom Ashley and Ho Chi Ho are on equal points in second and third.
When asked about the right alchemy to perform in this light weather, French team member Julien Bontemps doesn’t think twice: ”Minimal weight for maximum strength!” Translate strong enough to be able to pump the large RS:X sail (9.5m2).
In the Women division, the incredible Yin Jian has collected yet another victory to total 5 wins over 6 races. The Chinese team is showing its strength in the light conditions, expected in Qingdao, with 5 sailors in the top 10. Bryony Shaw (GBR) and Blanca Manchon (ESP) have realised their worse results today. However they are keeping their 2nd and 3rd places.

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