by Rory Ramsden
The RS:X European Windsurfing Championships are now underway amid champagne racing conditions in bright sunshine. Three races were able to be completed in all fleets with the men tracking along the top reach from buoy one to two at 25 knots while the women were at 21 knots.
Piotr Myszka - RS:X European Windsurfing Championships 2011
This race site is one of the best we've found... long sandy beach, shallow entry into the sea, so no surf and a wide open race area just offshore with a perfect onshore breeze. The sailors are impressed!
In the RS:X Men's fleet, world champion Piotr Myszka (POL82) and Byron Kokalanis (GRE8) in the orange fleet had a ding dong battle all day. Byron with a 1-1-2 and Piotr with a 2-2-1 are now just one point apart. Back in third overall, Nimrod Mashiah (ISR21) leads the blue group with a4-1-1.
Richard Stauffacher (SUI31) and Pierre Le Coq (FRA77) also in the blue group are fourth and fifth tonight after a good day 'in the office'. Sadly, Joao Rodrigues (POR75) cannot say the same. OCS'din race one, DNF in race 2 and DNS in race 3. Joao has retired to his hotel feeling very much under the weather with a tummy bug. Let's hope he recovers quickly.
Over in the RS:X women's fleet, Lee Korzits (ISR1111) has a perfect score having stamped her authority on a 'class' fleet including Sofia Klapecka (POL8) - second, Bryony Shaw (GBR94) - third, Blanca Manchon (ESP1) and Marina Alabau (ESP5).
Marina blew the second start of the day and picked up 50 points so is carrying her discard already as is Olga Maslivets (UKR9) who DNF'd the last race of the day. They say that you cannot win the regatta on the first day but you can certainly lose it right then and there by putting in a bad result and adding to pressure unnecessarily.
These two amongst others have now got to be super consistent throughout and hope that twelve or more races are completed so the second discard kicks in.
RS:X European Windsurfing Championship website