Windsurfer Nimrod Mashich, Australia - AFP - Dec. 13, 2011.
Nimrod Mashich in action during the RS:X Men’s Windsurfer event in Perth, Australia, Dec. 13, 2011. Photo by AFP
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Windsurfer Nimrod Mashich continued Israel's dream run at Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia on Tuesday.

With countrywoman Lee Korzits having already claimed the women's gold medal on Sunday, Mashich produced another consistent day's sailing in tricky conditions to take a clear lead after two days of racing in the class.

Mashich, ranked second in the world, shared the overnight lead with world number one Piotr Myszka of Poland after finishing first and second in his opening two races.

Despite unpredictable wind shifts, he replicated that effort yesterday, again finishing first and second in the yellow fleet to lead the field by four points.

Mashich is bidding for his first gold medal at a World Championships, having finished third and second in 2010 and 2009. He was pleased to be doing well for his country.

"We have a big history in our country for windsurfing," he said. "Today was really good for my confidence, and now I'm relaxed and ready to focus on the next few days."

No less important for Mashich is his battle with Shahar Zubari for Israel's lone ticket to the men's windsurfing event at next summer's Olympic Games. Zubari has gotten off to a mediocre start in Perth and yesterday finished in 9th and 12th places. He is currently ranked 19th overall.

In the women's 470 event, Gil Cohen and Vered Buskila got off to a nightmare start yesterday, finishing their first race in 17th place. The Israeli duo bounced straight back, however, taking second place in the next race and climbing to 9th overall in the standings. In the men's Laser event, Yuval Botzer continues to surprise. He finished yesterday's races in 10th and 3rd place, climbing to 18th in the overall standings.