09 Palma: Marina Alabau makes a clean start on opening day!
Marina Alabau (ESP) showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the RS:X Class Women's Fleet on the first day of racing at the 2009 Edition of the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma.
Eugenie Ricard (FRA) also showed solid consistency in finishing 2nd and 3rd in the two races of the day. Although others showed flashes of brilliance, they did not put it all together in both races. I am thinking here of Blanca Manchon (ESP) who finished 9th in the first race but came back to claim 2nd in the second.
Then there is Bryony Shaw (GBR) who won bronze in Quing Dao last year at the Olympic Regatta who came out of the box to take 3rd in the first race but slipped to 8th in the second. Malgorzata Bialecka (POL) had a relative disaster in the first race with a 14th but came back to take 4th in the second.
The consistency will no doubt come as the season progresses but in the meantime, Marina can remain relatively relaxed and stress free.
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