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Scudding high clouds, sunshine and swinging Southerly breeze, the scene is set for the battle of the boards in Portland Harbour today.
As the Finn & Star classes make their final challenge for gold medals on the Nothe course, it's races 9&10 for the men's and women's RSX windsurfers in the harbour.
The conditions are more marginal than earlier in the week, with wind forecast of F3-4 and due to drop below 10Knots later in the day. So we'll see even more physicality on every leg of the course. If it turns into non-planing conditions, you'll see raw racing, tight tactics and large scooping and rowing actions to pump those 8.5m & 9.5m rigs. It's not your typical Sunday afternoon windsurfing session.
At the end of races 9&10 today the top 10 in each fleet go through to the medal race, which is being held on Tuesday and counts as double points. So these last two races give Bryony Shaw one last chance to edge towards the podium, but only if she sails the races of her life. Nick Dempsey needs to keep focused and not make any mistakes to hold onto silver medal position. It would be a great
surprise now if Dorian Van Rijssleberge, let gold medal position slip now. But as Nick commentated yesterday "Someone is going to go down tomorrow". When the wind is lighter, if you get a bad start, there are less options to recover. You can't just rely on board speed to make up spaces. So getting off the front row on the start will have even greater impact on the race results today.
If you want to know more about their preparation and race/pumping techniques and how they will sail an RSX, check out our OLYMPIC section on the Windwise website.
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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