The promised Meltemi just did not show up. We were 'promised' 15 - 20 knots but the morning started cloudy with an early morning breeze out of the north east. Nothing normal about that at all.
The first start of the day was launched on to the course in 8-10 knots. And there it stayed all day. Enough to get everyone hooked in upwind but downwind the track was forward and no one was planing.
It's upon such rolls of the dice that careers depend. The big guys disappear into the peleton and the light wind specialists come to the fore.
Over in the RS:X Men's fleet, Piotr Myszka (POL82) was unfazed. Windy or not he dominates the fleet. 9 wins, 2 seconds and a 4th are ample evidence of that fact.
He now has a 22 point lead going into the medal race. He just has to turn up and go through the motions. Gold is his. The 2010 RS:X World Windsurfing Champion is now the 2011 RS:X European Windsurfing Champion too.
Byron Kokkalanis (GRE8) goes into the medal race tomorrow - start 1500hrs - with silver in hand but is just 3 points up on Shahar Zubari (ISR11). To reverse that Zubari is going to have to finish 2 places - 4 points - in front.
Meanwhile Ivan Pastor (ESP7) has to pull something special out of the bag if he is going to upset the established order. It won't be easy but no doubt this experienced racer will have a strategy in mind to mix it with Byron and Shahar.
Over in the RS:X Women's fleet, Sofia Klepacka (POL8) is almost safe. 18 points separate her from Lee Korsitz (ISR1111) in silver who is 20 points clear of third placed Pauline Perrin (FRA53) so barring any major disasters that should be the podium tomorrow night.
This has been a great championship in special conditions in a warm and friendly country. If you have not raced on the black sea, you should put it on your list of things that you must do. No request has been too small or too big for Burgas and the Bulgarian Sailing Federation to attend to. All we can say is thanks for everything and when can we come back... ?
RS:X Euroepan Men - Top 10
1 POL 82 Piotr Myszka 15.0
2 GRE8 Byron Kokkalanis 39.0
3 ISR 11 Shahar Zubari 42.0
4 ESP 7 Ivan Pastor Lafuente 45.0
5 FRA 77 Pierre Le Coq 57.0
6 CYP 1 Andreas Cariolou 59.0
7 ISR 21 Nimrod Mashiah 63.0
8 SUI 31 Richard Stauffacher 68.0
9 FRA 115 Nicolas Le Gal 106.0
10 FRA 19 Louis-Benoit Hug 105.0
RS:X Euroepan Women - Top 10
1 POL 8 Sofia Klepacka 29.0
2 ISR 1111 Lee-el Korzits 47.0
3 FRA 53 Pauline Perrin 67.0
4 ESP 1 Blanca Manchon Dominguez 76.0
5 GBR 94 Bryony E Shaw 78.0
6 ITA 11 Laura Linares 80.0
7 UKR 9 Olga Maslivets 81.0
8 POL 7 Dziarnowska Maja 83.0
9 POL 20 Brygola Agata 94.0
10 ISR 10 Maayan Davidovich 95.0
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