As the mercury rose to 30 degrees in Aarhus, Denmark, and the winds remained light, Holmes-Martin, 23, was rampant in the men’s RS:X fleet.
Relishing the pumping conditions, Holmes-Martin started with a solid sixth before breezing the next two to end the class’s third day of racing in fifth overall, just eight points off the lead.
“These are definitely my favourite conditions,” Holmes-Martin said. “On the first day in the breeze it was about damage limitation for me, but today was a day to put good results on the board.
“I haven’t been paying too much attention to the forecast for the rest of the week but I won’t be sorry if it’s light. Hopefully I can carry this form into the rest of the regatta. I’ll enjoy a rest day tomorrow and we’ll see what the rest of the week brings.”
Buoyed by her first race win on Monday, Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw added another win and a second to her tally to go into the women’s RS:X gold fleet racing in seventh, nine points from first.
Saxton and Boniface got over the disappointment of disqualification in the first Nacra 17 race of the day to notch up two wins.
The brace of victories move them up to ninth after two days of racing, and keeps their hopes of defending Saxton’s 2017 world title alive.
“We’re very happy to have won two races at the world championships – that’s something you can’t say every day,” Saxton said.
“With our disqualification we are going to have to count every other race so we have to keep putting in good results from here on in.”
Fellow Brits John Gimson and Anna Burnet will go into the third day of Nacra 17 racing in seventh thanks to a string of consistent results all inside the top eight bar one race.
Wetherell had sailed a blinder up to that point to round the top mark in fifth, but with the race turning into a lottery due to the lack of breeze the race committee decided to abandon it.
To round off Wetherell’s frustration, he was was disqualified from the race for starting prematurely.
Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Thompson turned his fortunes round after a disappointing opening race to win the second with a downwind masterclass.
A 19th sees them head into gold fleet racing in fourth overall just one point behind third-placed Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht of Austria and one point ahead of reigning Olympic champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze.
An eighth for Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth moves them up to 15th overall as the 49er FX crews head into two days of racing to determine the 10-boat medal race fleet.
The Aarhus 2018 race committee decided that the women’s 470 fleet will not race tomorrow – and so Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre will go into the class’s double points-scoring medal race in third, ten points off the lead, with Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter will start the race in eighth.
In the men’s kiteboarding, Guy Bridge surged to the top of the leaderboard having won 10 of his 12 races.
French rider Nicolas Parlier is sandwiched in second between Bridge and his brother Olly in third.