Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2012

RS:X European Championships 2012 at Madeira- Day 2

by Icarus Sailing Media on 26 Feb 2012 23 February - 1 March 2012

Small changes at the top

The pattern seems to go like this. Absolute calm on arrival at the venue. Not a breath of wind. Then a hint of a breeze from the west and the east as the race committee wait between the two inshore course areas to see which direction will dominate. One wins out and the breeze builds to top out at 16 knots. Anyway that’s what happened for the last two days.

To spice things up a bit today, the sea was alive with ‘Portuguese Men of War’, a jelly fish with a particularly nasty sting. Happily these ‘marine predators’ did not cause the fleets any problems today although the safety plan put in place by the organisers has made provision for such an incident.

Marina Alabau [ESP] dominated the women’s fleet. Two bullets and a second yesterday. Two bullets and a third today. Now the only woman with a score in single figures – 6 – she has left the peloton to fight it out amongst themselves. Tuuli Pataja [FIN] has responded well. This morning was the first time that she has been on the podium at an important championship. She came close last year in Burgas, Bulgaria but not did not make the break through.

Today, she posted a 4-3-1 score line to move up the rankings to take over second place.

Maayan Davidovich [ISR], Blanca Manchon [ESP] and Olga Maslivets [UKR] went into the 6th race tied on points in the squabble for third place. It was Maayan who nailed it by posting a second. She now has a 3 point advantage over Blanca in fourth. Olga is now 10 points adrift in 5th.

She was late to the venue this morning, not feeling well but she was determined to go out and give everything to maintain her podium position.

Over in the men’s fleet. Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] and Nimrod Mashiah [ISR] have locked horns at the front of the fleet. Yesterday was Nimrod’s day but the advantage swung back to Pont today. He scored a 1-4-1 to claim the top spot. Nimrod lost his rhythm scoring an 8th in the first, a bullet in the second and a damaging 15th in the last. He’s still 8 points clear of 3rd placed Byron Kokalanis [GRE].

Looking forward to the business end of the regatta, the forecast is not encouraging. Light winds are forecast. One more big score will leave Nimrod preying for a 12th race when the second discard kicks in. Pont is in good shape. He’s not carrying any big scores out of the first 2 days Pawel Tarnowski [POL] the current RS:X Youth European Champion, is in with a fighting chance of making the medal race in his first senior championships. Now in 12th, 2 points away from local hero, joao Rodrigues [POR] who is having a stinker of a regatta, he is ready to pounce when Richard Stauffacher [SUI] puts in one more bad score.

Racing resumes on Monday. First start 1100hrs.

RS:X European Windsurfing Championships Microsite

Related Articles

Sanya, China awarded 2017 Youth Worlds
Racing off Hainan Island from 9-16 December World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships. Posted on 22 Feb
Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta overall
Close racing in light winds wrap up the event The tussle for medals came down to the wire on the final day of the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta as the inaugural event wrapped up in Auckland today. Posted on 6 Feb
Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta day 2
Young sailors step into Olympic classes Transitioning from youth sailing classes to Olympic classes is a big focus for youngsters competing in the inaugural Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta hosted by Murrays Bay Sailing Club this weekend. Posted on 5 Feb
Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta day 1
Olympians and budding sailors come together Sailors of all ages from across New Zealand and overseas took to the water for the start of the inaugural Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta which kicked off on Auckland's North Shore today. Posted on 4 Feb
Miami World Cup challenge awaits British crews
iscayne Bay hosts first World Cup regatta of the year Miami's Biscayne Bay will play host to the first World Cup regatta of the year this week (24-29 January) with a strong British team line-up set to do battle across all ten Olympic classes events. Posted on 23 Jan
Aarhus 2018 Qualification System Released
In Denmark from 30 July to 12 August 2018 The qualification system for the 2018 Sailing World Championships set to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from 30 July to 12 August 2018 has been released. Posted on 21 Jan
British Sailing Team confirms new teams
For the new Olympic cycle New crews, new faces and a potential future Olympian for 2040 are among the British Sailing Team updates as the squad to kick-start the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle is unveiled. Posted on 20 Jan
Entries now open
For 2017 RYA Youth National Championships Over 300 sailors are expected to descend on Hayling Island, Hampshire when the premier event on the RYA Youth Racing calendar returns to the venue in April for the first time since 2011. Posted on 17 Jan
Park to swap sails for saddles
In move to British Cycling After 15 years as the RYA's Olympic Manager, Stephen Park OBE is to take up a new post as the Great Britain Cycling Team's Performance Director. Posted on 23 Dec 2016
Italians lift Nations Trophy
To close Aon Youth Worlds The 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championship came to a close in Auckland, New Zealand with Italy lifting the Nations Trophy, an award that recognises the best performing nation overall. Posted on 20 Dec 2016