FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST 2012
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Another breezy day in Weymouth saw two RSX races for the women off the Nothe and two
races for the men in Portland Harbour.
With planing conditions in every race, it showed how RSX racing is a test of
technique, tactics and will power. The upwind legs had big shifts in wind direction
and the downwind legs required a massive amount of physical effort to keep momentum
and top speed for screaming broad reaches and carving gybes. Using massive sails at
full tilt, in and out of the harness for hundreds and hundreds of metres,is as hard
as windsurf racing can get.
The women's racing close in under the Nothe was for once not dominated by the
Spanish, with Ukraine and Israel putting the pressure on the race leader. The live
BBC TV coverage saw Team GB's Bryony Shaw record a 7th & 5th in her races, which is
enough to maintain her consistency, but not enough to move up the leader board.
Whilst there is always the possibility, it will take a big turn around of fortunes
for Bryony to reach the podium by the end of the event. She remains a frustratingly
7th place overall, which doesn't represent her true potential.
In the men's Dorian van Rijssleberge from the Netherlands supremacy continues, it
will be a big surprise if he doesn't win gold. Nick Dempsey was lying 4th yesterday,
he has now lifted himself into 2nd position, ahead with the German, Toni Wilhelm. If
Nick Dempsey can get close to his 2nd and 3rd placings that he achieved today in
races 9&10 tomorrow, he'll be well placed going into the medal race.
Sunday's schedule will see another four RSX races in Portland Harbour. The wind
forecast looks to be swinging more southerly and dropping through the day. If it
turns into non-planing conditions, you'll see raw physicality of RSX pumping, not
your typical Sunday afternoon windsurfing session.
More to follow tomorrow.
COME ON TEAM GB
Men RSX Current standings1st Dorian Van Rijssleberge NED
2nd NICK DEMPSEY GB
3rd Toni Wilhelm GER
Women RSX Current standings1st Marina Alabau Neira ESP
2nd Lee-El KORSIZ ISR
3rd MASLIVETS Olha UKR
7th BRYONY SHAW GB