There is a second battle, this time with four athletes from 4 countries involved, for the bottom step on the podium. Jérôme Pasquette (FRA) sailed two almost perfect races -1-2- to push up the order order to snatch third overall in a tie with Connor Bainbridge (GBR) - 6-3- on 21 points. Then comes Carlos Cardona (ESP] -5-8- who dropped to share fifth place with Pawe? Tarnowski (POL) who heads the U17 division.
8-10 knots out of the East on Thursday so a second day of light airs is on the cards followed by a blast on Friday so it will be the all rounders who come out on top. Sam Sills (GBR] the double Techno World Champion who is hoping for a podium place too needs to do something spectacular now if he is to succeed. (See an interview with Sam at RSXClassWindsurfing on Youtube.
The good news is that Manfredi Misuraca, the 2009 RS:X Youth Bronze medallist, finally showed the form that we know he is capable of with a consistent second and third for the day. All is not lost for him in terms of the Medal Race if he doesn't make any more mistakes. He is carrying his second discard already - a 22nd - so the pressure is on...
Moving to the RS:X Youth Women... It was the day that Britain Izzy Hamilton's seven point lead evaporated in the 30 degree heat. She posted a 4 and a 6 which limited the damage as much as possible but she had no answer to the dominance of Hanna Zembrzuska (POL). Her pair of bullets was enough to take a one point lead. So Izzy has now locked horns with Hanna and with one more light day in prospect, she has to stay on terms and pray that the promised blow appears on Friday.
Never mind what Wind Guru says... She has to make tomorrow count and count for the good.
15 points adrift Helene Noesmoen (FRA] just has to keep popping in consistent top 10 results and she should be OK. Kamila Smektala (POL] is 13 points back with Antonatou Charalambia (GRE) five points behind her and in close company with the third Pole, Natalia Wojcik. Antonatou had a great day in the office posting two seconds. It is safe to say that she is a light wind specialist when one glances at her day one results for comparison.
'More of the same, please' will be the request from her coach tonight if she is going to make her top five position even half safe.
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.