The Delta Lloyd Regatta, the fifth event in the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup series, started today in Medemblik, The Netherlands, in a shifty breeze in the teens and chilly conditions with the RS:X Women and RS:X Men completing 3 races each.Blanca Manchon [ESP} and Marina Alabau [ESP] traded places in the first two races to dominate the RS:X women's fleet overall and then went on to take first and second places in the third to end the day in those positions on the leaderboard. It's good to see the Spanish Dream Team still firing on all cylinders!
9 points back comes the chasing pack. Flavia Tartaglini [ITA], Zofia Klepacka [POL] and Maayan Davidovich [ISR] are in with a chance at grabbing 3rd spot but they are all are going to have to turn on the pressure if they are going to mount a challenge to the all conquering Spanish Team out front. Bryony Shaw [GBR] who crushed the competition at the Semaine Olympique Francaise had a nightmare day [for her] only slightly recompensed by her 3rd place finish in the final race of the day.
Of course, this was only day one and things may well change over the coming races but based on what we saw today the pattern is already set. Not so, I hear you say, for the RS:X Windsurfing men's fleet where the points scores are a lot tighter. The guys are racing in two groups but after 2 races it is Nimrod Msahiah [ISR] who leads on 5 points from Alexandre Guyader [FRA] and Nick Dempsey [GBR] on 7 and Dorian van Rijesselberge [DEN] with Piotr Myszka [POL] on 10.
With 7 -14 knots forecast for day 2, racing will be tough with semi planing conditions possible.