Regatta in Palma, Mallorca with a shifty winds gusting up to 30 knots.
This immediately translates into the inevitable major challenges for
the race management team.
The RS:X women left the shore at 1030hrs in close to survival conditions
and had to wait 60 minutes in the starting area whilst the race committee struggled to get the course in the water. The wind strength peaked at about the time of the first start - 1200hrs - with some sailors wondering whether the race would be abandones during the first up wind.
Consequently only three women can truly say they had a good day's racing
Alessandra Sensini (ITA25) scored a 1st and a 2nd and leads the fleet. Lee Korsitz (ISR1111) is second overall having scored a 3rd and 1st and Chan Wai Kei (HKG8) scored a 2nd and a 4th.
This regatta is the first round in the Italian national qualification series for the one slot available in the RS:X women's event at the 2012 Olympic Regatta in Weymouth so it's worth noting that Flavia Tartaglini is back in 7th with a 4th and a 13th on the scoreboard and Laura Linares is a further 4 places back having 'only' scored a 7th and a 15th.
To put that in perspective, Charline Picon (FRA4), the top French woman didn't start the first race but came back to take 6th in the second and 21st overall just in front of 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, Bryony Shaw (GBR94) who managed an 18th in the first race but did not compete in the second.
She is effectively the best of the rest who all have at least one DNC in their score line. Some have two. This is testament to the overpowering conditions. There are some very accomplished racers in the that group who obviously had a very rough time indeed.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed tomorrow and racing will take on a more tactical aspect.
It has to be said though. Alessandra is unbeatable in a breeze.