Whilst the sailors of many classes have already enjoyed a day or two of racing, the RS:X competitors will have to wait until tomorrow at midday to officially take to the water.
This afternoon saw many of the RS:X racers take part in the practice race, a chance to find their feet and ready themselves for the competition itself. Both British competitors, Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw took part in their respective practice races which were held in relatively light conditions.
Nick reigned supreme, winning his practice race whilst Bryony is looking for better results ahead.
Nick Dempsey performs well in the practice race, stamping his authority on the fleet with a convincing victory.
“It was the first proper race against everybody and it was nice to win that, it was really close between Dorian (Dutch representative) and it was really great to see that I was faster than the rest of the fleet, this bodes well for the rest of the week.
The forecast is looking pretty good, a real mixed bag of conditions. We’re on the West course tomorrow which is a bit choppier, I haven’t sailed this course as much as some of the others. It’s a bit trickier than some of the other courses to sail, it caught the Star boys out yesterday, so you can definitely come unstuck there.
I’m just looking for a solid start to the event, no mistakes!"
Unfortunately, things did not go quite as well for Bryony Shaw who came of the water disappointed with her result.
“I didn’t have a very good start or speed, so my race did not go to plan, but it was nice to be out on the water. We’re out in Weymouth Bay West tomorrow which should bring some more interesting conditions.
I think everyone in the house is pretty calm and ready, hoping that everybody will have done well today so that there will be a good mood there tonight too.
I can’t wait to race on the Nothe course, this won’t be until the weekend but I know the crowds there have been immense and it helps so much to know and hear the support. We can’t get that close as there’s a boundary, but we do get fairly close to the crowds.
I had a chest infection in the spring, which recurred fairly recently, so a lot of my training has been about resting and making sure I am as fit as possible."
Results of the practice races are not published at all, however as of tomorrow full race results will be published both here on Boards and on the RYA Team GBR website. The forecast is looking good for the week, with changeable winds, some days early in the competition should be bringing 20-25knots there should be some exciting competition in store.
Throughout the week Boards will provide up to date reports from the RS:X racing right here (see comments boxes below) as well as further interviews.
Also, YOU can have your say! As always any questions you would like asked, or points you would like covered in our reports please ask on the message board below.
As well as this, on the online RYA TV channel, on Wednesday at 11am the team will be discussing the RS:X so make sure you tune in then! The team have promised to answer any questions you send through to Boards via the messsage board or social media, so get involved below or on the Boards Facebook.
Check out previous reports and information from Nick, Bryony and the team manager on the pages below.
After years of build up the Games have finally come to the UK. Whilst London hosts most of the events, the windsurfing and sailing will take place at Weymouth. The first windsurfing race takes place on Tuesday at midday and Boards will be there providing you with the latest news, results and interviews from the event site.
Britain’s RS:X windsurfers, Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw, get their London 2012 campaigns underway tomorrow (Tuesday 31 July) hoping to replicate their past Olympic podium success.
Both sailors have claimed previous Olympic bronze medals in nail-biting final race showdowns, Dempsey at Athens 2004 and Shaw in Beijing four years ago. Both of these were the first Olympic windsurfing medals won by Britons.
Dempsey, who celebrates his 32nd birthday two days after the London 2012 Sailing Regatta ends heads into his fourth Olympics, while this is Shaw’s second Games. Now the pair hope to make home advantage count on the waters they know so well.
Dempsey, who won the 2009 RS:X World Championship title at Weymouth and Portland, said: “I would like to say I have just done my best, and knowing I’ve done everything possible [to be satisfied], but I think in reality I will struggle if I don’t at least medal, if not win. This is where it’s at and I do feel the pressure more because I expect more from myself in this venue and I think people expect me to do well here.
“I do know the area well but I also know how tricky it is and no matter how well you know the course area, you just don’t get it right every time as it is different every time. As frustrating as that is you have to understand why, and those days are invaluable in training because you don’t want a day like that during the Olympics.
“You never know it all and I know that no matter how hard I train it will be tricky during the Games. You are not going to win the Olympics with a race to spare, it is going to go down to the wire and who is still on the ball after eight days of racing. I’m under no illusions it will be easy. A lot of the areas of my sailing have improved [since Beijing]. I think I’m the best shape of my life so hopefully it should show."
Shaw added: “I’ll be super happy with a medal. I think it’s going to be tough, the girls are really, really strong but at the same time I’ve got a lot of belief in myself that I can win. It’s just a case of, as I do in training, taking each day and go out there and sail my best. I won’t be disappointed if I don’t get gold but I believe that I can get gold.
“I was a light wind pumping machine in Beijing and now I’m a world class windsurfer able to sail in all winds and compete at the front of the fleet. My coach Dom and I have really been making sure that whatever wind blows we feel we can perform consistently and have that confidence and self-belief. Having that knowledge you can be the best, and having the building blocks in place, is what fuels me each day."
The two RS:X Men’s races are scheduled to take place first at 12pm and 12.45pm on the Weymouth Bay West course, with the Women scheduled to follow at 2pm and 2.45pm.
The Olympic Sailing Regatta runs from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August. The RS:X medal races are scheduled for Tuesday 7 August (Men 1pm, Women 2pm).
Follow the British Sailing Team at London 2012 at www.rya.org.uk/london2012 and right here on Boards.
The RYA Olympic manager, Stephen Park, talks you through the team....
2012 LONDON OLYMPICS FACT FILE
Windsurfing & Sailing Venue: Weymouth
Windsurfing Racing Schedule dates: The first RS:X race is Monday 30th July, the remaining races will be held over the next 9 days (including 2 rest days), with ‘THE’ RS:X Medal race held 7th August 2012.