Santander was baked in sunshine for the second day of World Cup racing as riders looked to either capitalise on a great opening day, or play catch up after slow starts.
Conditions were near on perfect for the 260 sailors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic fleets and the foiling Formula Kite class. Not a cloud in the sky and 11-15 knots of breeze coming from the north east enabled a full on day of racing.
Defending World Cup Final Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) found his form on the second day of competition, winning five out of six races in the blue fleet to leap into the podium positions. Sitting in third, he is two points off brother Guy.
Nico Parlier (FRA) maintained his excellent form and snapped up five wins in the yellow fleet to extend his lead. A UFD disqualification in race 10 was the only upset for his day.
Yesterdays third placed Titouan Galea suffered an injury in the pre-start of race 7 and couldn't compete for the rest of the day. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the race course later in the week.
Racing continues with the Final Series for the next two days, with the top 9 riders competing in the Gold Fleet and the remaining riders going to the Silver fleet.
The Gold Fleet will then compete in Saturday's live broadcasted medalraces for the 2017 Sailing World Cup Series Title.
TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series races (2 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 10 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 17 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 19 pts
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 21 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 28 pts
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