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US Sailing Team at 2020 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Day 2

by Brittney Manning 26 Feb 07:29 PST
2020 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships - Day 2 © Caitlin Baxter

At the southern end of the bay, the RS:X athletes in Sorrento likewise endured grueling conditions to finish another three races. In addition to breeze that consistently reached 20 knots, their race area was also affected by strong current.

"We have a lot of current by the start line coupled with chop, so it can be really challenging to get off the line," said U.S. men's RS:X athlete Geronimo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.), who thought navigating the tricky chop and tide on the starting line proved to be a priority today.

He continued, "It wasn't a super shifty day, it was windy enough that we were just lay line on the windward beats, so it was a matter of a lot of hard work getting off the start line and then just working extremely hard to get around the course and gain whatever you could. Upwind, it was tricky in terms of technique, staying upright, and trying to go fast."

After finishing today's races in 18th, 12th and 15th, Nores currently stands in 28th place. Not far behind, U.S. athlete Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) is currently in 33rd. In the Women's fleet, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) is in 28th as well.

After a long day on the water that bled into the evening, the athletes are looking forward to some rest before heading back to the venue tomorrow. The competitors are expecting the three scheduled races to be in a similar wind and current patterns with slightly less velocity. Tomorrow, the athletes will also move on to the final series. All of the U.S. competitors will compete with the athletes ranked in the top half of each class, in gold fleet.

U.S. Men's RS:X Results - View Full Results

  • Geronimo Nores - 28th
  • Pedro Pascual - 33rd
US Women's RS:X Results - View Full Results
  • Farrah Hall - 28th

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