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Another beautiful Aegean day of sailing, with a second offshore race now allowing a discard in the scores to tighten up the standings going into the final day of racing tomorrow

Porto Carras, Greece – A brief delay in the scheduled start to today’s second offshore race for wind, the wait was worth it as the weak seabreeze built to a fitful but sailable 7-10 knots in the fourth day of racing at the 2016 ORC European Championship. Class A/B raced on a roughly 26-mile windward-leeward course just west of Porto Carras, while Class C did the same on a 23-mile course.

The light conditions seemed acceptable to the series leaders in both Class A/B and Class C who continue to dominate the results. Using time-on-time scoring for the Offshore course model, it was the series leader Duvetica Grey Goose from Italy, Giampiero Vagliano’s modified Arya 415, that finally scored their first race win by a convincing 3 minutes over runner-up Extreme Ways, Andrew Holdsworth’s XP-38 from the USA. And in third George Andreadis’s GS 42R Meliti IV-Musto from Greece helps solidify her overall runner-up position in the standings.

Now that a discard is applicable, it's the final podium position that will become the real battleground tomorrow. The drop of a BFD in Race 2 has vaulted Nicola de Gemmis’s GS 39 Morgan IV from Italy into third place, but only three points ahead of a three-way tie between Faedon Kydoniatis’s Greek national champion team on his Rodman 42 My Way, Claudio Terrieri’s GS 43 BC Blue Sky from Italy, and Extreme Ways. A penalty from the Jury regarding an equipment infraction on Morgan , however, may complicate the points even further... at press time we are not certain of this outcome.

And in Class C the discards did not affect the list of Italian and Estonian contenders at the top of both the race results and the leaderboard, with Aivar Tuulberg’s Arcona 340 from Estonia taking another class win from the dominant series leader Scugnizza, Vincenzo de Blasio’s NM 38S from Italy. The pressure is on, however, as a complex measurement check is underway on Scugnizza tonight that will keep the measurers busy. At question is the difference in measurement trim between the boat’s 2015 and 2016 certificates. Only the morning will reveal the outcome of this process.

Among the Corinthian division contenders, Class A/B’s Giannis Sykaris’s ILC 40 Bana Bioletta 3 has in 9th place today kept him safe to remain in the lead, while in Class C Akis Tsalikis’s X-35 Oxygonon’s 4th place today has moved them into the lead, but by only 2.5 points. So the battle will be on tomorrow too for the Corinthian prizes as well.

More breeze is forecast tomorrow, and with two races possible, there’s no easy prediction of the podium finishers just yet – the racing tomorrow will tell all.

Top five standings after seven races:

Class A/B
1. Duvetica Grey Goose (ITA) Arya 415 mod Giampiero Vagliano
2. Meliti IV-Musto (GRE) GS 42R George Andreadis
3. Morgan IV (ITA) GS 39 Nicola de Gemmis
4. My Way (GRE) Rodman 42 Faedon Kydoniatis
5. Extreme Ways (USA) XP-38 Andrew Holdsworth

Class C 1. Scugnizza-Total Lubmarine (ITA)NM 38S Vincenzo de Blasio
2. Katarina II (EST) Arcona 340 Aivar Tuulberg
3. Sugar (EST) Italia 9.98 Ott Kikkas
4. Baximus (GRE) X-35 OD Thanasis Baxevanis
5. Oxygonon (GRE) X-35 OD Akis Tsalikis