RS:X Europeans, Alicate, Turkey – Day 3

The best wind, light at that, was again found in the Bay. Even more shifty that before tactical decisions were really important as the shifts kept swinging all over the place. Getting on the fastest side of the beat was the way to make your way in the top ten. In the first race the right was fastest, the second the left, so there was no room for error, as they’re rarely is at this level.

Current leader, Nick Dempsey had a mixed day, lodging a 1st place in the first race and then a 7th, he was able to discard this which keeps him at the top of the leader board, 3 points ahead of Nicolas Hugeat of France in second. Race leader from the start of the week Casper Bouman has dropped down to 4th, despite putting in a good 3rd place in the last race. Steve Allen’s limited time on the board really showed in the light winds as he dropped to 17th overall. But with plenty of races and discard opportunities ahead it could all change, especially as the top 10 will have a gold medal race for double points on the last day. The forecast doesn’t look so good for planing winds, going by form, it looks good for Dempsey.

The ladies fleet is lead by the diminutive Toni Frey, some 10 points ahead of Bryony Shaw. Bryony, normally thrives in gusty shifty conditions admits that she didn’t have her tactical head on, but is determined to claw back to 1st place. Pauline Perrin of France is in third place on with joint points as Bryony.

Today is a rest day, so racing will resume tomorrow.

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