The sailors and spectators in Turkey found themselves in a becalmed state this morning. The Race Committee kept the top ten Medal Race competitors from both men's and women's fleets in a holding pattern until about 1330 local time and then the wind steadied and the women were first off the rank.
The conditions were still a bit patchy, but definitely contestable. The outcome hung in the hands of MANCHON, who had a narrow three point lead over Antonia FREY (GRE). These two were on top of each other from before the starting gun went. It was survival of the fittest. Who could out wit who? And physically who was the strongest?
MANCHON and FREY both started very close to each other and the covering began. The left looked the favoured side, but some gusts through the middle paid off for both Byrony SHAW (GBR) and Wai Kei CHAN (HKG) who rounded first and planed off down wind.
|Nick DEMPSEY claimed the
gold with second in the Medal
© Petrol Ofisi RS:X European
In the men's Medal Race, DEMPSEY could secure the title with a finish of sixth or better and the Brit was in no mood to let all his hard work go to waste. He has been the star performer in the RS:X this year, winning the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères and the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik. Coming to Alacati he set out his stall in simple terms, explaining, 'Basically, I want to win everything!'
A second place in today's Medal Race added the European title to his 2006 bounty and means he will go to Torbole, Italy this September as favourite to fulfil his ambitious aims. With DEMPSEY coming in second the other medal places were already decided and Joeri VAN DIJK (NED) took the silver, whilst the bronze went to Nicolas HUGUET (FRA).
Men's Top Ten Results
|2||NED||Joeri VAN DIJIK||(11)||9||3||10||3||2||2||2||1||1||8||41|
|6||FRA||Nicolas LE GAL||10||(19)||5||23||8||24||7||6||3||2||18||106|
|10||HKG||King Yin CHAN||7||(29)||2||23||10||5||20||27||7||12||20||133|
Women's Top Ten Results
|5||HKG||Wai Kei CHAN||(DNF)||23||7||20||6||1||9||8||2||1||2||79|
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