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Fourth day at Delta Lloyd Regatta suffers schedule disruption - Finn - Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) taking the lead for the first time this week after winning his third race
Fourth day at Delta Lloyd Regatta suffers schedule disruption before Fletcher and Sign take 49er gold

On the fourth and penultimate day at the Delta Lloyd Regatta the schedules took a battering with very light wind and passing rain clouds causing all starts to be postponed from around 11.00 onwards. Only the 49ers, Skud and Sonar classes got in a single race in the morning before all fleets were sent ashore to wait until the wind returned. Postponement followed postponement, with eventually the 49ers called off for the day so they could prepare for their medal race at 18.00. The Nacras were sent out early afternoon, and then the Lasers for a second time, but to no avail and these classes were later abandoned for the day, as well as the two 470 classes, the Kites and the Moths.

As the evening approached, finally the skies cleared and a stable wind was recorded on the course areas and the Finn, the RS:X and the Paralympic classes were sent out for starts at 18.00. Against all the odd the wind increased to 9-10 knots by start time and was near perfect for racing, albeit late in the day.

Apart from the 49er, all the other Olympic classes had no racing and the results from Thursday stood to decide who went into the medal race.

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) made sure of the 49er gold medal, while Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) won the Finn race to take the lead for the first time this week. Megan Pascoe (GBR) won her third race in a row in the 2.4 mR to build a sizeable lead, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Burrell (GBR) continue the lead in the Skud, as do Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA) in the Sonar.

The RS:X fleets managed two races, with Pawel Tarnowski (POL) tied at the top of the men's with Louis Giard (FRA), and Zofia Klepacka (POL) extending her lead in the women's fleet.

The Delta Lloyd Regatta closes on Saturday with the rest of the medal races for the Olympic classes, the final races for the Paralympic classes, the Kites and the Moths.

Finn

The Finns got just one race in with Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) taking the lead for the first time this week after winning his third race. He overtakes Phillipe Kasueske (GER) who crossed in second, while Jake Lilley (AUS) placed third and sits six points behind the German going into the medal race.

Racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta concludes Saturday with the final fleet races and the medal races for the top 10 in each class. The first fleet races start from 9.30, while the medal races start with the RS:X men at 11.00.

Full results for each class can be found at: http://results.deltalloydregatta.org/

Photo : Guilain GRENIER
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