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19 February 2011, 12:59 pm
Mexican Team Dominate Opening Day Of RS:X North American Championships
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RS:X North American Championships
Cozumel, Mexico

It was a good first day for the Mexican team at the 2011 RS:X North American Championships being held in Cozumel, Mexico.
Mexico's David Mier and Demita Vega had a flawless day, scoring a win in every race.

On the first day of racing the wind had a constant direction and a speed of 14 knots. The course was set up under great weather and at the intersection of shallow and deep waters. That gave the course an interesting texture with blue and green waters interchanging between the legs.

The critical thing on the first day was the strong current of about 4 knots, which gave an edge to the windsurfers who chose the left side on the upwind.

The Mexican team used all their experience and chose this side of the course.

Dominique Vallee (CAN), a favourite for the gold in the women's category, had an unlucky day, missing the current and having her equipment fail her. Her broken harness hook did not allow her to compete with Vega at an equal level.

Today the expected wind is similar to yesterday's, but more coaches and windsurfers have realized the importance of the currents in Cozumel and the lead of the Mexican team is very fragile.

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