The fastest 49er on the Saronic Gulf yesterday was the one with the U.S. flag spinnaker.

Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding won the last of the day's three races and jumped into third place with just more than half of the 49er schedule completed.

Wadlow and Spaulding had the best day of 19 crews, with finishes of eighth, third and first for a total of 50 points after nine races. The duo moved up from eighth place overall. "We're getting ourselves back in the hunt, where we need to be," Wadlow said.

The high-performance skiffs, named for their length of 4.99 meters, are easily identifiable by their flag spinnakers. In Race 9, the Stars and Stripes spinnaker crossed the finish line first.

Brazil's Robert Scheidt sailed closer to his second gold medal in the Finn class. He finished seventh and third to open a nine-point lead over Austria's Andreas Geritzer, with the deciding 11th race scheduled for tomorrow. Mark Mendelblatt was sixth to remain in 10th place. Mendelblatt has had a disappointing regatta. He finished second to Scheidt in this year's world championship.

In the Europe, Norway's Siren Sundby won two races to open a 20-point lead over Lenka Smidova of the Czech Republic. The deciding 11th race will be tomorrow.

Meg Gaillard finished ninth and 19th to drop to 13th overall.

Brazil's Robert Scheidt sails closer to his second gold in the Finn class.