Joao is a seasoned campaigner and current RS:X European Champion so it would be uncharacteristic of him to fall apart now. He is much more likely to have fixed his eyes on Ivan Pasror (ESP7), here sailing with a three year old V1 one sail, who is only six points ahead in second overall. This represents a much more realistic opportunity. Joao has to beat him by 3 places tomorrow to force a tie and win on countback.
Naturally, Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED8) will be keeping a close watch on how this battle shapes up. He is 7 points clear so barring a disasterous medal race looks sure to take the gold here in this second round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
Certainly more teams from more countries are here this year for some warm weather training before they get into the meat of the season in Europe starting with the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma. In the meantime, a few teams will be taking a detour to Buzios in Brazil for what might have been the 2009 RS:X South American Championships.
Sad to report however, that the RS:X Class Association, despite determined efforts from both sides, have yet to reach agreement with the proposed organising Club. It therefore seems increasingly unlikely that we will see an RS:X Class sanctioned South Americans this year.