Manfredi Misuraca (ITA), the 2009 RS:X Youth World bronze medallist had a day he would rather forget, finishing 24th in the first race of the day! The good news is that he picked himself up posting a fifth and ninth in the next two. Hemorrhaging points is certainly not a good game plan. Still with 16 races scheduled and two discards in prospect all is not lost. He will just have to be on top form for the rest of the regatta to realise his ambition of being on the podium again at the end of the week. To say that he was disappointed when he hit the beach is an under-statement
The current RS:X Youth World Champion, Michalis Malekkides (CYP) on the other hand put in a faultless first day. Three bullets gives him a perfect score of Three. You don't have to be a genius to work out that he is out to do the 'double'. Thomas Goyard (FRA) has certainly made it plane that Michalis is not going to be given a 'walk over'. He too has a perfect score. These two are supreme in planing conditions. When and if the wind goes light things may change radically.
There are another four French sailors in the top ten after day one. The surprise being that the all conquering Polish team who you would normally expect to be forming a crowd there has been reduced to one sole representative - Pawel Tarnowski - and he just happens to be under 17. It's a different story in the youth women's fleet where six Polish athletes are packed into the 14 and only one French woman, Hélène Noesmoen is showing form.
Hanna Zembrzuska from Szczecin leads the Polish pack in second place overall but it is Izzy Hamilton (GBR), the current RS:X Youth World Champion, who reigns supreme after day one. She crushed the opposition posting two bullets and a fourth to build a seven point cushion before we have even reached day two. She was well satisfied with her day's work, business-like as always and focused on the week ahead, she too is clearly determined to do the double just like Michalis.
Racing is scheduled to start at 12:00 on Tuesday with the girls first out followed by the yellow group men and finally the blue. The organizers can be well satisfied with their first day. No doubt there are systems to tweak and refine but we're off to a good start to what could be an awesome weeks racing.
Check out the event website here: http://youthworldwindsurfingchampionships2010.rsxclass.com There will be daily text and video news reports together with short video interviews with windsurfers taking part.