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5 July 2010, 07:29 pm
Shahar Zubari Setting The Mark At RS:X Europeans
RS:X European Championship
Close racing at the RS:X Europeans in Sopot

2010 RS:X European Championship
Sopot, Poland

The last day of the qualifications for the men's fleet saw the wind arrive on time. Shahar Zubari [ISR] was back on song scoring two wins.
He is fast in these conditions and considers that he has more 'in the tank' when he reaches peak fitness. Meanwhile Byron Kokalanis [GRE] and Piotr Myszka [POL] are locked in a struggle for supremacy six points behind and on equal points.

Shahar is in command so there will be an intense battle between six racers for the minor places. That is, if the conditions do not change substantially over the final three days.15 knots of breeze are forecast for the rest day tomorrow - it always blows on a scheduled rest day - so let's hope that the wind stays around to offer champagne sailing.

In the women's fleet, the two starts today went off without a black flag having to be produced. Speaking to Malgorzata Bialecka [POL] after racing she said "I am pretty tired. The first three days have been tough. That's why I dropped to ninth in the second. I just had no more left to give!"

Now that the discard has been taken Bryony Shaw [GBR] has taken the 'Otis' up the ranking and appeared in third place overall. Posting a third and a fifth today, she is well placed to take advantage of any mistakes Eugénie Ricard [FRA] might make.
Actually Eugenie was the first to admit that the 18th and 10th that she scored today were a disappointment but she still retains her second position even if she has lost ground to Malgorzata.

Laura Linares [ITA] had the best day though posting a second and a first to jump to fifth and become the clear leader in the U21 class championship.

It should be noted that the all conquering Spanish dream team' of Marina Alabau and Blanca Manchon have had an unspectacular opening three days. Marina is languishing in eigth place and not going well in the light airs and Blanca is back in 13th and not looking happy at all.

The top five women
1. Malgorzata Bialecka [POL] - 15 points
2. Eugenie Ricard [FRA] - 23 points
3. Bryony Shaw [GBR] - 29 points
4. Moana Delle [GER] - 30 points
5. Laura Linares [ITA] - 31 points

The top five men
1. Shahar Zubari [ISR] -5 points
2. Byron Kokkalanis [GRE] - 11 points
3. Piotr Myszka [POL] - 12 points
4. Fabian Heidegger [ITA] - 14 points
5. Ivan Pastor [ESP] - 16 points

For more details visit: www.rsxclass.com

Rory Ramsden RS:X Class Media (as amended by ISAF)
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