The key matchup of the day was Price and George Anyon (NZL) at the end of Round Robin one. Both were undefeated through their first ten matches.
After a closely-contested pre-start, Anyon gained control on the final stretch to the line and won the start cleanly. Price had to tack away for clear air, but then Anyon got ensnared in dirty air from another match that was on their second upwind leg. Price had clear air on the upwind right, and was welcomed by a bit of a right shift.
He grabbed the lead and never looked back, winning by a distance of five boat lengths. With a nice 7-8 knot late afternoon air current, the Race Committee kept the sailors on the lumpy Pacific Ocean until nearly 1900 (7pm), completing four flights of Round Robin two. Price continued his victorious bout, taking all four of those matches to end the day undefeated on 15-0. The upset of the day was the Anyon-Whitfield match in Round Robin two which caught the audience unawares. Matt Whitfield (GBR) has been coming on strong and defeated Anyon, his second defeat of the day.
Anyon led early, but Whitfield found some breeze on the second upwind leg to surge ahead. Despite the loss, Anyon still stands second among all on 13-2. (more…)