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Picon Takes Early Women's RS:X Gold As Santander 2014 Leaderboards Shape Up
France's Charline Picon claimed an early gold medal in the Women's RS:X at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as the remaining leaderboards took shape in wonderful conditions in Santander.
A southerly breeze in the region of 20 knots served up wonderful sailing conditions and allowed the fleets to catch up on missed races from the difficult conditions earlier on in the week.
Picon has taken gold with only the Women's RS:X Medal Race to go whilst compatriot Julien Bontemps has a solid Men's RS:X lead.
Gold fleet racing got going in the 49er whilst the 49erFX and Nacra 17 concluded their qualification series and in the Finn, Giles Scott (GBR) continues to dominate.
Vive la France is that can be said about the amazing performance from Charline Picon who has already won gold in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. She still needs to sail a Medal Race though, but it won't affect her gold medal.
It was a catastrophic day for Polish Zofia Klepacka who went from second overnight to tenth overall after extremely poor racing (12,16,17) on Telefonica course and is therefore out of the medal hunt.
Two experienced windsurfers Maayan Davidovich (ISR) and home sailor Marina Alabau have climbed little by little throughout the regatta and are into second and third with two points separating them.
Britain's Bryony Shaw is chasing the leaders but with ten points to climb it's going be a tough task for her. Still the trickiest Duna Medal Race course can make a significant change in the expectations of the audience.
Chinese Jiahui Wu is fifth overall and is followed by Flavia Tartaglini (Italy), Lilian De Geus from Netherlands and Britain's Isobel Hamilton with their final positions to be decided on the Medal Race outcome
Two brilliant races (4,1) were not enough to help Spain's Blanca Manchon jump into the Medal Race as she missed out by a tiny three points .
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