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MAKE OR BREAK TIME FOR TEAM GBWe now move into the critical phase in what could be the last ever RSX Olympic windsurfing event. There will be two races for the men and two for the women today. So whilst hundreds of recreational sailors will have a fabulous windsurfing session today, for the Olympians today's races will have a huge impact on the medal chances of our Team GB sailors, Nick Dempsey & Bryony Shaw. It's now that the pressure builds on everyone, mistakes occur and big swings of fortune will influence the outcome of their campaigns. It's keeping a cool head and getting clear wind off the start line that will have the greatest impact on their chances of success. We'll keep you posted as everything develops.
WIND FORECAST & COURSEThe local met office is giving 17-20 Knots for today. It already looks pretty solid. This should mean planing conditions in every race. So expect some incredibly physical racing, with no-stop tendon tearing effort, both upwind and downwind on the windward-leeward courses. This mens a mile beat tacking and driving off the fin upwind, followed by letting the adjustble outhaul off for max power on the broad reaches!
WOMEN'S COURSEThe women's RSX races are under the Nothe area, which means there should be live TV coverage and potentially large crowds watching the event unfold. If the BBC Olympic live TV goes ahead, you'll be able to see the races unfold as part of their coverage.There is a chance that Simon Bornhoft will be a guest with the commentary team, so there won't be a live twitter feed as it should be viewable on live BBC or Olympic TV channels. Team GB's Bryony Shaw is frustratingly in 7th place as Spain, Israel and Germany dominate the medal positions. Bryony needs to find her top form in the lst five races to reach the medals. You can be assured that she will give it everything she's got.
MEN'S COURSEThe men's RSX racing is being held in Portland Harbour. Away from the crowds, but on a fast flat water course. We'll resume our live twitter feed and website updates from about 2pm for that.
Dorian van Rijssleberge leads overall, followed by Germany and Poland. Such is the intensity at the top of the leader board, Nick 'Dempo' Dempsey has dropped to 4th overall. Yet don't panic, there's only 'two' points separating 2nd, 3rd, & 4th places so Nick Dempsey is right still in it. It's way too close to call at this stage.
Men RSX Current standings1st Dorian Van Rijssleberge NED
2nd Toni Wilhelm GER
3rd Przemyslaw Miarczynski POLAND
4th NICK DEMPSEY GB
Women RSX Current standings1st Marina Alabau Neira ESP
2nd Lee-El KORSIZ ISR
3rd Moana Delle GER
7th BRYONY SHAW GB
Simon Bornhoft will keep you updated, via www.windwise.net & on Twitter @simonbornhoft and hopefully with some more race commentary on TV.