There are no bigger favourites in the 470 men’s fleet for gold in the UAE capital than multiple world champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, although the Australian duo had to come from behind to land the opening race in the men’s 470 class. Down in third at the first mark, they eventually came through to victory by 29 seconds from Austrians Matthias Schmid and Florian Reichstädter, with Americans Stuart McNay and David Hughes in third.
In race two the Aussies were beaten into second place by McNay and Hughes but lead the Americans by a single point at the end of the day.
South Africans Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson finished the day with an 8 and 9. They had good early from in each race and were in 4th at times, but were unable to keep that form through to the finish.
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