Boards at the Olympics: Day Two - Boards Windsurfing

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Boards at the Olympics: Day Two

Bryony Shaw posted two more good results today, putting her in sixth overall going into day three of racing.

Boards caught up with Bryony for a run down on her day on the race course:

“Fourth in the first race was a bit of a comeback! I did a 360 on the start line because myself and the French girl knocked boards on the start, it wasn’t really much of an incident but she hailed protest at me and I was windward board so I had to exonerate myself. This meant I was last off the line and managed to claw my way back to fourth and that it wasn’t a total disaster, in fact it is my best result so far!

Bryony Shaw. Image credit Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR.

I managed to get myself into about tenth at the first leeward mark, so I had a pretty good downwind section and had played the shifts reasonably well up the first beat. My board speed I think really carried me through and got me into that position. Then on the second beat the wind did a big shift to the left, to the other side of Portland, and created a big hole which a lot of the girls that were ahead of me sailed into. I tacked away before I went into it, stayed in the pressure and came across on port and actually got into third at the windward. The Finnish girl passed me on the final downwind, again due to another almost helicopter gust that she got and I didn’t.

It was kind of snakes and ladders out there today. 

Ninth in the second was a bit average, a couple of girls managed to sneak in front of me due to a shift to the right on the beat. It was a pretty light and tricky day, the wind kept flicking inside of Portland so it was very, very tactical and tricky.

Now I am just hoping for a couple of races inside the top three which will really help my cause and I think I am sailing well enough to do that for sure.”

Check out an interview with Nick Dempsey here. 

Check out an interview with men’s RS:X  leader Dorian.


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