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15 August 2013, 09:57 am
Idyllic Turkish Winds Favours Hong Kong Sailors At RS:One Worlds
Racing gets underway in Istanbul
Racing gets underway in Istanbul

RS:X One World Championship
Istanbul, Turkey

The RS:One Class is holding its second World Championship. In 2012 the first world championships delighted racers, set in one of the most beautiful islands of the world: Boracay in Philippines. This year the possible 2020 Olympic venue in Istanbul has been selected.
Six nations from three continents are now contesting the male and female world titles in idyllic wind conditions ranging from 20 to 27 knots.

The 'Regatta' course format was chosen for the first day, and featured a classic windward/leeward course. Hong Kong and Philippines teams dominated the first three races.

The days 'Marathon' format delivered three, fantastic, long distances slalom races - in and out races, with impressive performances from the racers delivering top speeds up to 29 knots. A total of 18 miles were completed, crossing the beautiful bay of Beylikduzu, a day that produced an enthusiastic response from all competitors. It was a stunning performance from the Turkish Ugur Iyigun with two clear bullets at the first and second races but unfortunately his domination was stopped with a piece of wood stuck on his fin at the last reach of race 3.

Hong Kong Team is clearly determined to claim the title in both male and female divisions, with top ranking position after six races, but for sure the games are not over and countries like Italy, Philippines, Israel and Turkey are not far behind.

The windguru forecast for tomorrow is turning to red with gusts up to 28 knots which will probably push the race committee to select the 'Pulsar' course. Short course racing on a downwind Slalom with a reaching start which will, for sure, bring some surprises for the leaders.

Ranking after 6 races:

Female:
1- Lo Sin Lam - Hong Kong
2- Ma Kwan Ching - Hong Kong
3- Blank Shai - Israel

Male:
1- Kwok Fai Cheng - Hong Kong
2- Lee Chun Ting - Hong Kong
3- Giuseppe Zerillo - Italia

The RS:One Worlds championships will be held from the 12-17 August, please click here for all race, venue details.
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