NEW Caledonia skippers Thomas Dupont and Martin Anfosso amassed 20 points to take the lead from their Fijian counterparts at the 2012 Vodafone South Pacific Hobie Cat Youth Championships.
Fiji's Sireli Miller and Samisoni Vereniki were the leaders at the end of the first day of the competition on Wednesday but fell short in the second day of the championship yesterday at the National Sailing Centre at Suva Point.
The duo is placed second along with Kaveni Natadra and Tony Tuicaucau on 37 points.
Lucas Chatonnier and Cedric Girim of New Caledonia are on fourth place with 39 points.
The Fiji Hobie Class Racing Association president Grahame Southwick said the New Caledonians looked on track to snatch the title away from Fiji as the championship ends today.
"It would take some serious mistakes from the New Caledonians to lose their spot. They were really good today (yesterday)," Southwick said.
"The competition was very good and there was lot of swapping (of position) back and forth before New Caledonia pulled away clear from Fiji."
Southwick said they were blessed with the perfect weather which enabled the smooth running of the competition.
"The weather is perfect and we have wind at 12 to 14 knots which helps in fast sailing and everyone is enjoying it."
Meanwhile, Southwick said they were pleased with the Minister of Youths and Sports, Viliame Naupoto's pledge to help them develop the sport.
"The minister has announced that they would support the association by donating some gears and sailing equipment."
The annual event features 14 teams from Fiji, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.