Sail for Gold: Strengthening Winds

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As the winds pick up across the UK and bring us into some brilliant windsurfing weather, the racers in Weymouth continue to battle it out. It getting even closer at the top, with Dorian van Rijsselberge just one point behind Dempsey, who holds his second place. Julien Bontemps had a steady day of racing, placing a third and fourth meaning he holds onto his lead.

RS:X racing at Sail for Gold
Waiting for the start at Sail for Gold

The British sailor explained, “I had a really difficult first race today, it was the first time we had sailed in the bay in a little while. I was pretty sure that the left was going to be quite favoured but the problem was that I lost my lane and I had to tack out so the separation was massive. The course was big which meant the separation was big, so I was caught out today – it didn’t do what I thought it was going to do which is unfortunate.”

Bryony Shaw at Sail for Gold.
Bryony Shaw at Sail for Gold. Image credit: Matthew Dickens/ Skandia Team GBR

In the RS:X Women it was another extraordinary day for Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka – with two first places to add to her tally – making four wins and two seconds. Noceti-Klepacka is now discarding a second place and has a significant jump on her long-term rivals. Trailing her by 13 points in second place is Spain’s Marina Alabau, with Lee Korzits of Israel in third, another eight points behind.

Zofia Noceti-Klepacka’s enthusiasm is perhaps one of the reasons she is doing so well. “I am training really hard and I have some really good training partners who include a world champion and I am really seeing the results from this. I will continue to train hard in the hope that at the Olympic Games I do well. I love Weymouth, the conditions are great, the wind is great so I sail slalom for fun in the evenings! I really like the people here, it is like Poland.”

Zofia Noceti-Klepacka
Zofia Noceti-Klepacka

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