The leaderboards across the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding event at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE are shaping up ahead of the penultimate day of racing.
A lighter breeze in the region of 9-12 knots with gusts up to 13 knots made for an intriguing day of racing in the Emirati capital. At the midway stage of the regatta there is minimal separation of the top racers. The level has been raised and every competitor is aiming to put in their best display as they bid to for glory and a share of the USD $200,000 prize fund.
The waters of Abu Dhabi were blessed with the sight of 270 of the world's finest competitors from 38 nations from 12:00 as racing commenced around Lulu Island and off the stunning Corniche.
The kiteboarders moved into their Round Robin heats and it went via the form book across the board.
The top four heading into the second day of Riccardo Leccese (ITA), Oliver Bridge (GBR), Florian Trittel (ESP) and Maxime Nocher (FRA) all picked up race victories in their respective heats.
The competitors will resume with heat racing on Saturday before the top ten boats progress to the medal stage.
Two semi-finals will be held with five racers in each. Places 1 and 2 will carry forward ten points, 3 and 4 seven points, 5 and 6 five points, 7 and 8 four points and 9 and 10 three points. Two races in each semi-final will follow with the top two placed sailors in each heading to the final.
From there, it's a four way single race shoot out for the podium spots.
Racing is scheduled to resume at 12:00 local time in Abu Dhabi with the Medal Race places to be decided.
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking.
Fully-produced highlight packages from 27-30 November will be available to view on the ISAF Sailing World Cup YouTube Channel here.
All ten Olympic events will be contested in Abu Dhabi from 26-30 November, with an open kiteboarding event joining the fray around Lulu Island off the UAE capital's stunning Corniche.
With just 20 boats in each event the competition is set to be fierce. Equipment will be supplied in eight of the ten Olympic events (RS:X sailors shall bring their own equipment) and support will be available for travel expenses and accommodation.
The Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club will host the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final with some technical facilities located at the adjacent Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. The venue is located on the main island of the city with immediate access to the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf.
The ten Olympic events will contest an opening series and a Medal Race with the kiteboard fleet using a short track format. Prize money will be in awarded to the top three overall finishers in each of the Olympic events from a total prize purse of US$200,000.
The qualification system for the 2014 Final was published on 30 July 2014 and is included Addendum A of the Notice of Race. Click here for the Notice of Race. The first sailors to secure their place were confirmed at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander where the top ten in each event were offered a place.