Whilst Denmark took a big step towards the finals and underlined their status as favourites in both the Open and Women’s competition of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, Australia and Japan were locked at one-all in their semi-final. Three points are needed to qualify for the final. Denmark’s men and women and Brazil’s women won both their semi-final races relatively easily.
A day of bright sunshine and stable but typically swinging 8-10 knot breezes on the beautiful Fænøsund, out of Middelfart Marina, ended in high drama in the Open with Australia, one-nil up, trying to execute a penalty turn just before the finish line and the arrival of Japan. They seemed to make it but the judges thought otherwise. The decision was they had not allowed their spinnaker down below the level of the gooseneck (where the boom joins the mast) before they turned head to wind.