SIMON BORNHOFT LIVE FROM WEYMOUTH DAY 2 Wed 1st August 2012
RACE AREA: THE NOTHE, WEYMOUTH (As close as it gets)
Team GB verdict after day one, "A decent base to work from".
In a big championship over a large number of races, it's vital to not make mistakes. So whilst both Nick and Bryony are currently out of the medal positions and would ideally like to be placed high, they're well within contention and would count yesterday as a disappointing but safe first day. Yes, room for improving on their performances, but neither took any risks. So opting for middle of the line starts, rather than going for more risky 'pin end' choices like some of their closest competitors. So consistency is key and with the level of the fleets so high, it's easy to get punished. One mistake and you can be back of the pack. For instance Julian Bontemps who has won a RSX world championship is currently 19th after a bad day yesterday. So whilst we are eager to see Nick & Bryony ranking higher at an early stage, they're both right in there.
The forecast is mixed with SW 12-18 Knots, low visibility. We'll see if it's full planing conditions as some of the racing is close in under the Nothe. But those large RSX rigs can deliver a decent punch to get you going, especially if they pump them
If it's planing weather off the start line expect daggerboards up, blasting upwind like a Freeride board off the fin, so they're very much locked in sailing upwind, putting in as few tacks as possible. If the wnd is lighter it's daggerboards down to help rail the board and point closer to the wind. On the downwind leg it's deep broad reaches, often pumping out of the harness to sail as broad as possible. This is when the body is working hardest, up to 85-90% of max heart rate. At the same time trying to pick out a small blue mark in the distance and fend of your closest competitors who are trying to cover your wind, will ask more of Nick & Bryony today.
Men RSX Current standings
1st Dorian Van Rijssleberge NED
2nd Przemyslaw Miarczynski POLAND
3rd Toni Wilhelm GERMANY
4th NICK DEMPSEY
Women RSX Current standings
1st Marina Alabau Neira SPAIN
2nd Lee-El KORSIZ ISRAEL
3rd Zofia NOCETI-KLEPACKA POLAND
6th BRYONY SHAW TEAM GB
Men's RSX races at 12am & 1pm and the women's at 2 & 3 pm, it will be another calorie burning and medal defining day.
Between some other media commitments, I'll try to keep you updated on Twitter, with links to Facebook page and www.windwise.net website.
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