RS:X Worlds: Lee Korzits Boosts Her Lead

The forecast was for some big breeze this afternoon. The Doctor did not deliver here in Perth at the ISAF Sailing World Championships. One only had to look at the cloud cover for the reason.

The blue fleet went out into the light stuff for a 1200hrs start with the line set no more than 100 metres off the harbour wall and the finish set just off the beach. Spectacular viewing was guaranteed for all.

Natalia Kosinska [NZL], Peina Chen [CHN] and Angeliki Skarlatou [GRE] dominated the silver fleet although Gelly did not come to the fore until the 2nd race of the day. She posted a 16, 1, 1 scoreline whilst Natalia reciprocated with a 1,2,9.

It was Peina who was Miss Consistency with a 2,3,5. She now heads the silver fleet with a six point margin..

By the time it came to the first gold fleet start, the breeze had built but it was still marginal. This was the day that Bryony Shaw [GBR] had to attack Lee Korzits [ISR] if she was to have any chance of snatching the world title from her grasp.

It just did not happen.

Bryony had a disaster in the first race placing 20th. OK that was her discard. Now she had to finish in the top 3 in the next 2 to stand a chance of striking Lee where it hurts… in the points table

6th showed promise in the second but was disappointing. Then 12th in the third sealed it. Her chances of standing on the top of the podium are over. The best she can hope for is bronze.

Zofia Noceti-Klepacka [POL] has taken over third spot two points ahead  and Charline Picon [FRA] is putting her campaign together just one point back. This then is a three way fight.

The beneficiary of Bryony’s misfortunes is Marina Alabau [ESP] who placed 2nd in Race 6 – the first of the day – followed by an 8th in Race 7 and a bullet in race 8. Despite having to carry that damaging 8th place, she is still 7 points clear of 3rd place Zofia.

It’s really a case of “if only’. Day one, Race 2 did the damage. After the rest day tomorrow she has to keep the pressure up with two sparkling results and just hope that Lee blows up in the process. It’s possible but she looks totally dominant.

She dropped race 6 in which she finished 9th but recovered with a 2 and a 3 to take a 7 point lead. For her, it’s a case of keep on keeping on and focus on the end in mind rather than winning each race outright.

From here, she looks set for the first big win of her career. She’s coming good with the Olympic Regatta just 8 months away. Perfect timing.

Questions: Will Israel do the double?

It’s a distinct possibility. They have two hot contenders in the RS:X men’s fleet. Shahar Zubari and Nimrod Mashiah are both here to do business. The men start racing on Monday and there are some big names eying medals… Tom Ashley [NZL], JP Tobin [NZL], Nick Dempsey [GBR], Dorian van Rijsselberghe [NED] to name but a few.

We’ll take a look at the RS:X men’s fleet tomorrow…

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