RS:X Worlds: Zofia is on Fire… Medal Race Tomorrow

Race 10 in the RS:X Women’s World Windsurfing Championships is done and dusted here at the ISAF Sailing Worlds. There just remains the small matter of who is going to pick up which medal tomorrow afternoon after the medal race.

The scores look like this

Lee Korzits [ISR] 21.0
Marina Alabau [ESP] 27.0
Zofia Noceti-Klepacka [POL] 29.0

4th place Huang Yue [CHN] is 25 points back. Lee just has to sail a conservative race strategy, stay out of trouble and the gold medal is hers. No doubt Zofia will prove a handful for Marina to deal with tomorrow. She was on fire today .

Two bullets put her in easy striking distance of silver. She has to put two boards into the gap in front of best buddy Marina to take a step up. Tomorrow will prove an exciting day on centre course. Let’s hope the Shrimp fishing boat chartered to remove the big mats of seaweed are especially vigilant on their morning duty.

Back to today and a quick glance at the scoreboard will tell you that Charline Picon [FRA] and Bryony Shaw [GBR] both had bad days in the office. Charline could only post a 24th and a 13th whilst Bryony fared little better with an 18 followed by an 11.

Somehow Bryony managed to convert a storming start into a near disaster. Charline on the other hand never really shone through as brightly as we all know she can. It’s time for them both to re-group.

This morning there were 5 points covering places 9 to 14. In the mix was Alessandra Sensini’s [ITA] place in the medal race. She started the day on 10th and had to put it all together to stay there. Race 9 did not do it for her. 11th meant she was beaten by three of her rivals and the coveted 10th place slot was in serious jeopardy

7th in race 10 was too little too late. For the first time in an eon of time, Alessandra will not go out to race tomorrow. I’ll  repeat that just in case you haven’t fully recovered from the shock…

Alessandra will play no part in the medal race.

It was Maayan Davidovich [ISR] who crashed the party with Olga Maslivets [UKR]. They both put in a solid performance on the Leighton course area scoring a 5th and a 6th and 3rd and 4th resepectively to elbow their way up to 8th and 7th place respectively  in front of Li Ling [CHN] and Laura Linares [ITA]

That’s the set up for the big day. It’ll go down to the wire…

Postsrcipt: JP Tobin [NZL] is in hospital tonight having stood on a Cobbler. That’s a little fish who likes to hang out in the weed on the shoreline. He has a nasty spiney back ready to drive into the sole of your foot. Very painful and unpleasant. Wish him a quick recovery, please. I know he has trained hard for this event. It would be very rough justice indeed if he failed to make the start line on Monday.

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