02/07/2012 | 2 comments
Yesterday winds of over 50knots hit many part of the UK, including the Olympic racing venue, Weymouth. The Sail for Gold races were brought forward, postponed and some cancelled due to the incredible winds, with the RS:X racers holding better than many other fleets.
The RS:X Women sailed one race in the morning, and overall leader Zofia Noceti-Klepacka finally scored something other than a first or second – with a fourth. She discards it as her worst result and still holds a 13 point lead over second placed Marina Alabau, who placed second today. In third is the Ukraine’s Olga Maslivets, tied with Lee Korzits another 15 points behind Alabau.
The RS:X Men had a very extended day, sailing early and then last off the water just as the breeze really kicked in. Germany’s Toni Wilhelm won the first race, and the Netherland’s Dorian van Rijsselberge won the second. It lifted the latter to second place above Nick Dempsey, who posted an eighth and a seventh. Julien Bontemps sailed a solid day to score two thirds and hold his lead at eight points at the top of the table.
Dorian van Rijsselberg was happy with his performance, “The regatta is going ok so far, I’ve learn a lot so far in this regatta which is good, learning from my mistakes so I’m happy. The racing today is tricky, not just because it’s windy and cold but because of the rain, it makes it hard to see where the mark is but the racing is still fun. It’s good to see everyone getting ready for the Games, everyone is getting more serious and every little point counts so you really have to be on top of your game.”
With yes more wind forecast for today, it will be interesting to see how all the fleets get on. Also, surrounding the event it is great to see a lot of mainstream media coverage for both Nick and Bryony. Bryony has been spotted on local TV and heard on the radio a fair bit over the last few days, you can keep up to date with Bryony on her Facebook Page.