The world's top windsurfers are at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland ready for tomorrow's opening races at the 2009 RS:X World Championships.
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championships is the first 'Olympic' event to be staged at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in this quadrennial. This is the venue for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Racing is expected to be inside the harbour blasting across the flat water in full view of the general public. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the action.
On Wednesday evening the Opening Ceremony was held ahead of the start of racing this Friday. It was blowing all day on Wednesday and is likely to continue for the next two days at least. Predicting conditions further out than that is always a fool's game so let's not go there.
However, lets just assume for a minute that we stand a good chance of getting some breeze later in the event. September is the month of the equinox. The change in the seasons, this usually brings breeze with it - sometimes in abundance.
This then is how we see it…
In the men's fleet, Przemyslaw Miarczynski
(POL) is always a name that springs to mind when the wind is up. Then there is Casper Bouman
(NED), the 2006 RS:X Windsurfing World Champion who is really fast on flat water. And, there is nothing flatter than Weymouth harbour in wind.
The home supporters must be rooting for Nick Dempsey
(GBR) and Bryony Shaw
(GBR) both good all round performers. Marina Alabau
(ESP) and Blanca Manchon
(ESP) the dominant team in Women's RS:X windsurf racing are however the ones to beat in the women's fleet
It will be interesting to see how the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion
, Hei Man Chan
(HKG) fares in the Olympic fleet. She is now fully recovered from the leg injury sustained just before the Palmalife RS:X Youth Windsurifng World Championships.
As well as following the latest news on www.sailing.org, the RS:X Class will be loading video postcards onto the RS:X YouTube Channel, images onto their Flikr Photostream and Tweeting regularly . Daily reports will be posted on the RS:X World Windsurfing Championship Facebook Page as well as the Championship microsite too.
Scoring And Results
Scoring at the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships will be virtually LIVE!
Each of the four marks on the course will have a Race Committee boat in attendance. The crew will have a GPRS enabled mobile phone loaded with custom Java software. Each time a board passes their mark, they tap in the seeding number and 10 seconds later that rider's name and sail number appear on the dedicated web page on the RS:X Worlds site.
Results for each race come up in the same way.
If you want to follow a particular rider, man or woman, you can do this too. You just go to the results page and sign up for an alert. You can choose whether to get the data sent to your mobile or your email address. indeed, if you have an Iphone you can then just log on and check out all the news wherever you are. The email service is free but you'll have to pay a nominal sum for a phone alert. Follow as many people as you like, no problem!
In fact, all the athletes and coaches who have given us their mobile number will also get an SMS when an official notice is posted. The On Line notice board will mirror the information posted on the board at the venue so you will be able to see changes to Sailing Instructions, the proposed racing schedule for the next day and more… as it happens.
Click here for our RS:X World Championships page containing all the news, photos, links to live results and more from this year's RS:X Worlds.