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Boards at the Olympics: Day Three

Racing will start a little later today, with the RS:X women due to start at 14.00 and the men to follow these two races with two of their own.

We have already had a few rain showers here in Weymouth today, but the wind is looking good out on the course. The wind should be looking to increase through the day, rising to around 20knots in the early afternoon. This will provide some full power racing on the Portland Harbour course.

In the women’s fleet Marina Alabau of Spain is in a commanding position, posting three firsts and a second so far. Marina is excelling in the planing but gusty winds, winning some races by a considerable margin, she will certainly be the one to watch going into the racing today.

Women's RS:X racing. Bryony Shaw chasing the leaders.

Lee Korsiz currently holds second position, after a bad start to yesterday’s racing Lee came back to pressure Marina in the final race. These results, combined with a first and third on the first day puts her in a strong position with thirteen points.

In third place, just three points behind Lee is the German racer Moana Delle. Moana has been a very consistent racer so far, posting a second, a fourth and two fifths. She always seems to be in and around the top, ready to capitalise on any mistakes from the leaders.

Zofia of Poland has shown moment of brilliance in these conditions, with incredible board speed, but seems unable to keep the consistency as with a second, third and fifth, she currently has a twelfth position counting. On form Zofia can really contest the top riders, especially in the stronger winds so if today provides the winds forecast she will also be one to watch.

Bryony Shaw is currently in sixth position, just behind the rider from Finland Petaja Tuuli. Bryony has showed some great results, brilliant upwind and downwind speed as well as the tactics to finish at the top of the fleet. She will certainly be at home racing in the harbour today, so fingers crossed she can deliver the results we all know she is capable of.

With all racing on the Portland course for the RS:X there is a possibility of some TV coverage today, it is a relatively easy to course to film I believe so we will have to wait and see what the BBC deliver. As always we will keep you up to date with the racing in the comments below too.
Before the action kicks off we will follow up with a round up of the men’s racing.

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