Day 2 and another difficult day. Only this time for entirely
The first race was run in shifty off shore conditions. The
wind then switched so race 2 was in an 8 knot onshore breeze.
Despite not winning a race, Nick Dempsey (GBR) has powered to the top of the RS:X men's fleet. Adding two second places today to his second and a 6th yesterday makes him the most consistent performer by far. Chasing him from a respectable distance is Shahar Zubrai (ISR), the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, who is posting places in the 4th to 7th range
Shahar is not known as a high wind performer so he did well yesterday in the breeze. In the light stuff, he usually goes like a rocket ship so I'm sure that he was kicking himself for not pushing his advantage home in the light air today. He has to if he is going to control this regatta. As it is, he can only wait for Nick to make a mistake.
He looks pretty safe even when the discard kicks in. Dorian Van Rissjelberge (NED), the overnight leader, had a 'stinker' of a day finishing 8th and 16th to drop to 3rd. The chasing pack will be baying for blood tomorrow if he can't pick himself up and learn to compete with the light wind specialists
Over in the women's fleet, it was much the same story for Alessandra Sensini (ITA) who is supreme in the strong air but found it hard to stay on terms in the light. She posted a 12th and an 8th and dropped to 2nd overall. Her only saving grace being that Lee Korsitz (ISR) had an equally bad day finishing 10th and 14th to also drop a place.
It was Marina Alabau (ESP) who took advantage with a consistent 4-2 scoreline to move into top spot. Laura Linares (ITA) closed up to 5th overall with a 2 and a 9 so will certainly believe that she still has a chance to take Alessandra here in Palma and win stage 1 of her national qualification for the Olympic Regatta slot.
Meanwhile Blanca Manchon (ESP) the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, did herself no favours at all by finishing 17th in the first race of the day but managed to recover to 3rd in the second of the day. No doubt she realises that she has got to pick herself up and regain her World Championship winning level of performance if she is to put in a serious challenge this year.
It's forecast light again tomorrow so the pressure is on