The first starts may have been in marginal conditions but pretty soon everyone was planing as the wind topped out at just over 15 knots. 3 races in all fleets later and we are now looking at the second discard being taken tomorrow after race 12.
Looking at the RS:X Women's fleet, it becomes a real possibility that anyone in the top 7 could take the bronze the medal. It was Lee Korsitz (ISR1111) who was dominant today posting a perfect set of 3 bullets to Sofia Klepacka's (POL8) 7-2-2 so the gap is closed marginally tonight. The gold is between these two as Maja Dziarnowska (POL7) in third is 33 points adrift tied on points with Pauline Perrin (FRA53).
Just 5 points back is Olga Maslivets (UKR9) tied on points with Bryony Shaw (GBR94). Blanca Manchon (ESP1) closes out the top 7 one point back
In the RS:X Men's fleet, anyone in the top 6 could step onto the bottom step of the podium especially in view of the fact that the forecast is for more breeze tomorrow and even more on Sunday for the medal races.
Piotr Myszka (POL82) is untouchable on 12 points tonight having fired in three wins today to make the RS:X European Championship title a virtual certainty. However, we must not forget Byron Kokkalanis (GRE8) who went out to race today feeling distinctly unwell but determined to defend his second place
He scored a 5-4-5 against 3rd placed Ivan Pastor's (ESP7) 10-3-8 so he can rest tonight safe in the knowledge that his silver is safe for the moment.
Having their own private battle are Shahar Zubari (ISR11) and Nimrod Mashiah (ISR21) in 4th and 5th. 7 points separate them tonight but if the forecasts are to be believed Nimrod will go out tomorrow in the conditions in which he normally excels. And Shahar will have to find something a little bit special to maintain his lead especially after the second discard is taken.
Pierre Le Coq (FRA77) will have to do the same if he is to transform his outside chance of a bronze medal into a reality. There is certainly all to play for....
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