Gusty winds challenge windsurfers on day three
Windsurfers at the 2008 RS:X World Championships waited ashore with another postponement on day three of the regatta until a breeze filled from the south and racing started just before 2o’clock. The local sailors lead with both Tom Ashley and Barbara Kendall topping the leader board going into the rest day.
The men’s fleet were first on the water sailing race five of the eleven race series, then making way for the women’s fleet to race. A second race for both men and women followed.
The shifty breeze from the south was unstable, gusty and unpredictable producing some challenges for the sailors and some interesting results. After race five sailors are able to discard their worst score from their series so the drop now comes into play.
No change at the top of the men’s leader board with Tom Ashley still leading, Lafuente of Spain in second and Myszka of Poland in third. Ashley was pleased to emerge from today with the lead and no disastrous results.
Ashley discards race five in which he placed 13th though his nearest rivals Lafuente and Myszka can’t afford another poor race. Lafuente had a 35th today and Myszka a 33rd and therefore need to pull good results for the remainder of the regatta to stay well placed.
Ashley’s leading margin going into the rest day is narrow – with ten points he is just one point clear of Lafuente on eleven points. Myszka is four points back on 15.
Barbara Kendall mastered the trying conditions on the
Spanish windsurfers Blanca Manchon and Marina Alabau improved their overall standings and now sit in third and fourth respectively ousting the French girls, Merret and Piccon back to fifth and sixth.
Both the British hopes are comfortably in the top ten, although both suffered mix fortunes today. Nick won his first race by an impressive margin, but then got absolutely mullered by a completely unpredicted monster windshift at the start of the second, to end up rounding the windward mark in 45th. To his credit though he managed to fight back all the way to 16th, which is always good for the morale. Likewise, Bryony sailed a brilliant first race to come 2nd, but then she too had to dig herself out of trouble and fight back to 10th. Still, with five more races, including of course the double-points medal race, it’s still very much all to play for, and Nick in particular remains well within touch of the podium positions. Pretty much everyone at the front of the fleet has used up their discard now, so from here on, any slight mistake can drop you right down the pack.
Sailors and organisers will enjoy a rest day tomorrow before racing resumes in gold and silver fleets at Thursday.
Men – Race Five
Blue group raced first on day three of the regatta after a two hour delay due to light winds and then shipping traffic. Samuel Launay of
Overnight leader Tom Ashley NZL had his poorest race to date after some confusion on leg one he rounded mark two in the middle of the fleet. In an impressive recovery he came back to claim 13th place in what was race five of the event.
Yellow group followed and it was
Men – Race Six
Casper Bouman of the
Some new names rose to the top in race six of the yellow group sailed in today’s gusty unpredictable winds. Toni Wilhelm of
Women – Race Five
Olga Maslivets of
In the blue group Blanca Manchon of
Women – Race six
Defending world champion Zofia Klepacka of
Malgorzata Bialecka of
Provisional Top Ten Standings
RS:X Men’s World Championships Day Three
1st Tom Ashley NZL – 10 points
2nd Ivan Pastor Lafuente ESP – 11 points
3rd Piotr Myszka POL – 15 points
4th Shahar Zubari ISR – 24 points
5th Przemyslaw Miarczynski POL – 25 points
6th Casper Bouman NED – 27 points
7th Joao Rodrigues POR – 28 points
8th Nick Dempsey GBR – 30 points
9th Dorian van Rijsselberge – 31 points
10th Nicholas Le Gal FRA – 32 points
Provisional Top Ten Standings
RS:X Women’s World Championships Day Three
1st Barbara Kendall NZL – 8 points
2nd Alessandra Sensini ITA 11 – points
3rd Blanca Manchon ESP – 14 points
4th Marina Alabau ESP – 14 points
5th Faustine Merret FRA – 16 points
6th Charline Piccon FRA – 17 points
7th Mingli Duan CHN – 20 points
8th Bryony Shaw GBR – 31points
9th Peina Chen CHN – 33 points
10th Zofia Klepacka POL – 34 points