Fresh winds, big waves and a strong current made racing off Antigua again very challenging yesterday, ideal for the leading trio extending the lead on the rest of the fleet in the two races of the day. The defending champion Marco Gradoni ITA has now a 17 point advantage and his chances to become the first in the Optimist history to win three World Championship titles are perfect in the last races of the competition today. Richard Schultheis MLT kept his 2nd place but the advantage on Jaime Ayarza ESP, best of the day with the ranks 2 and 1, new on rank 2, is only 2 points. Ian Walker RSA on 4th is already 29 points behind the Bronze Medal. The best Girl Maria Perello ESP follows on rank 9. —– The North Americans sailing in the Goldfleet all lost 10 ranks and more and are now on the ranks 26 (Thommie Grit USA), 34 (Samara Walshe), 36 (Jack Redmond USA) and 37 (Tommy Sitzmann USA). Winborne Majette ISV is on rank 51.The results and the daily news.