Merricks and Walker steamed into a turning mark with their opponents bearing down and, though they did not have the right of way, the ever- growing confidence of the crew was in evidence as they flicked the yacht into a slot just inches wider than their boat to move up to fourth position. It flirted with offside and a possible penalty, but meant they remained in a challenging position even though they then lost a place to the man who was winning his second consecutive world championship, Tomas Friese of Germany in I Punkt. However, the fifth placing put them into equal-third going into the day's final race.
Their hopes of a podium place were upset by the Brazilian Torben Grael in heavy traffic going into the windward mark. They made an emergency tack to avoid a collision with Grael, hit the mark, had to take a penalty turn and dropped from fifth to near last. They finished 14th, and even a successful protest will leave them with a difficult job in the final race today if they are to achieve a top-five place.