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Boards at the Olympics: Day Two

Day two was an exceptional day for Nick Dempsey too, posting a solid fifth position in the first race Nick followed this up with a nail biting finish that took him past KOKALANIS Byron and into the lead on the line.

Racing on the Nothe course today, many of you have seen the amazing coverage on the BBC of the racing, if not it will be available on BBC iplayer. The highlight of the day for many was the second race where Nick came off the start line in a much better position, putting him in a good position at the first upwind mark which he capitalised well on eventually winning in style.

Boards caught up with Nick at the end of the racing to get his views on the racing so far: 

Nick Dempsey. Image courtesy Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR.

“The second race was of course really good, it was quite nice to actually race rather than be scrapping it out in the middle of the fleet! I was pretty sure that if I did get a good start then I would be racing at the front of the fleet. In the last race today I got a good start, a reasonable first beat and then it was quite good fun racing it out with Byron.

We were neck and neck, he was doing a good job making it really difficult for me to pass, I knew I had a bit of pace on him and that I just had to get close. My last overtaking opportunity was really at the last gybe downwind and he pretty much got it spot on, not giving me many opportunities to pass him. But it’s the Olympic games, so you can’t really give an inch at all!

The Nothe course is very, very tricky, very hard and it’s easy to come unstuck there, which is what I was always concerned about. But today the racing was fair which is my main worry.

Today was fantastic and the crowd were so amazing, but I am looking forward to coming back into the harbour tomorrow, back to where I’m comfortable, we’ve got the next six races in the harbour so I’m very happy about that.

I’m pretty confident I’m sailing well and I’m fast, I just need to get off the start line well!

I don’t tend to look at the forecast before racing Barry (Edington) will and relay any relevant information to me, but I won’t look myself.”

Nick and the other RS:X men will be racing again tomorrow after 14:00 on the Portland Harbour course.

Head to the next page for an interview with men’s leader Dorian van Rijsselberghe.

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