There was fast wind and equally fast windsurfing in the Men’s RS:X Gold fleet racing Saturday, with Piotr Myszka (POL), Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) and Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) filling the top three places overall.
Just one point separates world number one Myszka (24) and van Rijsselberghe (25) ahead of Sunday’s Medal race.
Race 9 and 10 on Saturday produced mixed results and slightly shuffled the top 10.
The first race of the day was marked by two things; a constant divide of athletes and a consistent top three that lead for much of the race.
Andreas Cariolou (GRE) took a third of the sailors to the left, while Tom Ashley (NZL) led the remaining two thirds right.
Fifteen minutes into the race and a strong top three emerged with New Zealand’s Ashley blazing the trail, followed by Piotr Myszka (POL) and Ricardo Winicki Santos (BRA).
After another split Elliot Carney (GBR) sped ahead, warding off teammate Nick Dempsey while Greece’s Byron Kokkalanis was tailed by Miarczynski.
Dorian van Risselberghe appeared to be lost in the crowd for much of the race but in a dramatic turn of events began to overtake his rivals, first Cariolou, then Santos. But despite his efforts, van Risselberghe couldn’t gain enough pace to outdo Ashley (NZL) and Myszka (POL).
Ashley spent most of the race well out in front, but Myszka caught up to cross just one second later. That win saw Ashley move from 9th to 5th overall.
In race 10, no-one could come between the two Polish sailors Myszka and Miarczynski.
Van Risselberghe once again started poorly, but in the second race of the day he didn’t recover.
Similarly, Nimrod Mashich (ISR) fell short of his recent winning streak, placing 8th and 9th on Saturday.
Medal Race competitors (subject to protest): 1. Piotr Myszka (POL); 2. Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED); 3. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL); 4. Nimrod Mashich (ISR); 5. Tom Ashley (NZL); 6. Jon Paul Tobin (NZL); 7. Byron Kokkalanis (GRE); 8. Joao Rodrigues (POR); 9. Ivan Pastor (ESP); 10. Julien Bontemps (FRA).
The men’s RS:X Medal Race is scheduled to begin on Centre course at 1510 local time on Sunday.