Bermudian sailor Owen Siese dropped slightly today [Aug 20] as the Byte CII sailors completed Race 5 and Race 6 at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Owen dropped from 4th to 7th place overall with finishes of 12 and 8 today. Today’s conditions saw the wind fluctuating between 3 and 12 knots, punctuated with delays caused by rain showers. The photo below is by Patty Petty – Bda Olympic Association:
Today also saw an incredible amount of movement on the leaderboard as competitors were allowed to drop their worst race after the completion of Race 5. The top three spots have completely shifted with Finland’s Kaarle Tapper taking over the lead after sitting in fifth, Germany’s Florian Haufe moved to second from twelfth and Singapore’s Darren Choy (current World Champion) advanced to third from eigth place. Rounding out the top five, pervious leader Just Van Aanholt fell to fourth after leading the regatta and US Virgin Islands’ Ian Barrows jumped up to fifth place from fourteenth.
Overall Siese has sailed quite consistently compared with the fleet, many whom have at least one terrible race due to the light, shifting breeze and current. Only 11 points separate the top 8 sailors and with 4 more scheduled race days ahead, the event is still wide open. Racing continues tomorrow with another day off scheduled for Sunday. Owen’s father Martin and grandfather Tony Siese arrive in Singapore today to cheer on Bermuda’s athletes