Dackhammar / Warrer
Sweden’s Nicklas Dackhammar gets the edge on Denmark’s Jonas Warrer at the start. Dackhammar and Warrer get their hulls flying off the line. Dackhammar 3 boat lengths ahead, Warrer coming back on the downwind, but Dackhammar stops Warrer hooking him. Closest race so far, Warrer faster, Dackhammar better positionally and holds on by 2 boat lengths on line 1-0. Jonas Warrer needs to win this one against Nicklas Dackhammar. 0-1 down. But Dackhammar rolls him and hits the line with the precision-timing of a watchmaker. Two lengths up. Warrer doesn’t follow Dackhammar, goes right at the leeward gate and crosses in front. But Warrer get the puff and gybes ahead 1-1. Another tight one. Slow start but Dackhammar gets the right shift and pulls out five lengths in seconds. But just as quickly reversed as Dackhammar stalls on the tack and Warrer rounds him at the Leeward gate. Dackhmamar then yellow-flagged and Warrer had easy second half for a clear 2-1 win to complete the QF lineup. “You just have to be in the right place at the right time,” Warrer said.