The penultimate day of racing was the best of the week so far, with all fleets competing in 12-15kts from the north in beautiful summer sunshine. Plenty of general recalls and several divisions quite close as we head into the final day.
"An idyllic day for us on the race committee," said Didier Flamme of the French Sailing Federation, "and probably also for the competitors. The wind was stable, it was really perfect. There were great battles on the water. It was a day we like!"
In the Girls u17, the Israeli team were in their element, finding the chink in Lucie Pianazza's armour and taking all three bullets. However, the final podium places look secure as Lucie has half the points of her nearest rival, Israeli Katy Spychakov, who is 12 points ahead of third placed Mariam Sekhposyan from Russia.
In the u15 girls 6 nations are in the top 6 with Italy's Giorgia Speciale certain of gold heading the leaderboard by 20 points and Shira Benbenisti from Israel has her eye on silver. However, the next group of sailors are very close: Natalia Arapoglou from Greece and Aleksandra Kaupa from Latvia have 37 points apiece and Polanish Lidia Sulikowska is just one point behind. The battle is really on to secure the bronze.
Carlo Ciabatti from Cagliari Italy heads the u17 boys leaderboard, ahead of Tom Monnet from France by 4 points who in turn is 7 points clear of Israeli Yoav Cohen.
Tom Arnoux from France is certain to take gold in the u15 boys but the other podium positions are still up for grabs with Israeli's Lior Kamil and Itai Kafri just 2 points apart and Fabien Pianazza hot on their heels just one point adrift of the podium.
The French are dominating the men and women's Plus podiums with Oel Pouliquen and Lucie Belbeoch first overall although the Japanese team is putting up a good fight with a bronze in the women's fleet on the cards.
Weather for the final day is expected to be a little calmer with the usual thermal conditions. The goal is to have three races but, whatever the wind gods decide, there has been something for everyone with a good range of conditions over this championship week.
BOYS u17 / BOYS u15 / T293+ Men
GIRLS u17 / GIRLS u15 / T293+ Women
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