Aug 5, 2012
Author: John Curtis
The wind finally lightened up today, averaging about 9 knots on the North Course and slightly more (about 12knots) on the West Course. The temperature was still not warm at 18, but it was a pleasant enough day. The crowds finally turned out today with thousands of spectators watching the racing from the Nothe point. Canada had both men's and women's RS:X on the water.
RS:X - Men
Zac Plavsic qualified for the medal race today with a 7th and a 29th (ouch!) He is sitting in 8th overall but has closed the gap on 7th. He was up as high as 5th in race 9 but race 10 was ugly most of the way around. I have not spoken with Zac but the wind got pretty light and it can bey very fluky in the light stuff and it is not Zac's strength. There was a huge shift to the left in the afternoon and this may have turned the fleet inside out with very little opportunity to maki it back.
Zac is actually tied with JP Tobin of New Zealand for 7th - his training partner along with regatta leader Dorian Van Rijsselgerg from Holland. Zac and JP both have 80 points. The best Zac can do going into the last race is 5th. The guy in 9th can not catch him as he is more than 20 points behind. 20 points is the maximum score in the medal race because there are only 10 boards and scores are doubled. The Greek in 5th has 65 points and is within reach if Zac has a great race and the Greek falters. The French sailor with 66 points would also have to have a bad race. Regardless of the outcome Zac has had a terrific performance. A 5th would be out of this world fantastic! Our fingers are crossed. The RSX Men's fleet has a day off tomorrow and the wind looks like it will be back up in the 16-18 knot range on Tuesday for the Medal Race, which favours Zac as he is probably faster than the Greek and the French guy and with a smaller fleet it will probably be more of a drag race since clear air will be easier to come by. Go Zac Go!
RS:X - Women
Our Women's windsurfer, Nikola Girke had her worst day of the event today with a 19th and an 18th. The light air has always been her achilles heal and it really showed today. She did improve her first mark rounding position in both races demonstrating a great deal of determination and perseverance, but when you get back that far in light air there is not much you can do without a speed advantage.
Despite the disappointing results she has managed to stay in the top 10 with 89 points, which puts her 14 points out of 8th which will be the best she can do if she puts together a great medal race and the Italian and French sailors ahead of her have bad races. Obviously the worst she can do is 10th as the top 10 are now locked in. With the wind expected to be back up in the 14-16 knot range Nikola could well move ahead. Regardless we are all immensely proud of her accomplishment. Well done Nikola!