Bryony Shaw (GBR) continued doing what she does best in Abu Dhabi, winning Women's RS:X races. The British racer, who picked up bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has amassed six of nine race victories. Her outstanding performance gives her a 16 point lead over Charline Picon (FRA) going into the Medal Race.
The way Shaw's been sailing has been a delight to behold but she played it safe on the penultimate day to consolidate her lead, "I feel like I've sailed a good series and people today were just going for it. I was trying to play it conservatively and just wrap the week up. We'll see how I go tomorrow. We're inside tomorrow so it's something completely different from the whole week but it's the same group of good girls so I'll try and see it with fresh eyes."
Shaw has a medal wrapped up with gold likely whilst the same can be said for Picon who has an unassailable advantage over the third placed Blanca Manchon (ESP). Manchon herself has an excellent advantage over the fourth placed Hei Man Chan going into the Medal Race.
The Women's RS:X will kick start the final day at 09:45 local time.
Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) drew within six points of Nacra 17 leaders Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA).
The teams battled it out on the race track, fighting tooth and nail for places in a highly talented fleet. The final race of the saw close quarter combat between the French teams, as they fought for supremacy. "In the last race you never knew what would happen between us," said Besson, "the upwind mark is very close to the shore and it was very shifty but we arrived first for the last rounding and we didn't know what was going to happen.
"We arrived first and there was no wind and we were waiting and they just tacked in front of us and we were like, come on let's go. You never know what's going to happen but that's racing."
Besson and Riou went on hot pursuit of their compatriots but Vaireaux and Audinet had the edge with a head start. They took the final race victory by nine seconds and nonetheless Besson and Riou had no sour grapes, "The French team is a big family and we are happy to be here. We do the best we can every day. It's a good spirit inside the French team.
"I really don't know what will happen tomorrow but with the Medal Race on the inside course [by the Corniche] it could be a big surprise."
Besson and Riou top the leaderboard on 24 points whilst their compatriots follow on 30. Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger (SUI) complete the podium on 38 points, one point ahead of Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT).
49er and 49erFX
New Zealand's Alex Maloney and Molly Meech will take a 15 point lead into the 49erFX Medal Race after another fantastic racing day. The Kiwis have guaranteed themselves a medal with the colour to be decided on the final day. But with such a strong lead, Sweden's Lisa Ericson and Hanna Klinga, who are second, will be hard pressed to reduce the deficit with the Kiwis in such imperious form.
Italy's Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich are 18 points off Ericson and Klinga in third. They will be relying on the Swedish to finish dead last and take the race victory themselves to move up to silver. Nina Keijzer and Claire Blom (NED) are three points off the Italians in fourth.
Polish superheroes Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak have been doing everything right in the 49er to maintain their lead going into the final day. Whilst their day was somewhat of a mixed bag with scores of 4-13-8, they can feel pleased to hold a five point lead over Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL).
Spain's Carlos Paz and Anton Paz, Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist, are tied on 50 points with Julien d'Ortoli and Noé Delpech of France in third.
Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) hit the Race Committee boat in the opening Women's 470 race and subsequently retired as Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) took the gun. The second victory went the way of Japan's Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka who move up to third.
The Austrians maintain their lead on nine points with China's Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao holding on to second with 15 points. The Japanese team are two points off their Chinese rivals.
It's going to be a Super Sunday in Abu Dhabi with all the Medal Races scheduled to take place across one racing area.
The schedule is as follows:
09:45 – Women's RS:X
10:20 – Laser
11:00 – 49erFX
11:35 – Women's 470
12:15 – Finn
12:55 – Men's RS:X
13:30 – Nacra 17
14:05 – 49er
14:40 – Men's 470
15:20 – Laser Radial
16:00 Open Kiteboarding
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