by the FRT team (edited on: 15/09/2011)
The breeze did not fill up the gulf today, like it did the previous days and the windsurfers started the final races with tricky conditions. The wind was around 10 knots and there were planing conditions only in downwind and some parts of the upwind. That forced the committee to make only two races today. The women's fleet started first and 10 minutes later it was time for the men's gold fleet.
Marina Alabau (ESP5), after one day of absence from the races because of illness, benefited from the day off to regain some strength and returned today scoring two bullets. At the first race she started on port near the committee boat planing and turned first again to go to the left side. That gave her the advantage compared to the rest of the women that continued on port and when they tacked did not have so much pressure to plane. The pressured dropped again at the end of the downwind and all the fleet had to go upwind with the dagger boards down. That did not affect Alabau that gained even more meters and created a big gap from the rest of the fleet.
Lee-el Korzits (ISR1111) did not continue the good performance of the first two days and Sofia Klepacka seized that chance and with a fourth and a third place in todays races is now at the first place of the overall ranking and 20 points ahead of Korzits. In third place is the young Laura Linares (ITA11) that had a great day scoring a third and a fourth place. Right behind her is Dziarnowska Maja (POL7) in tie with Blanca Manchon (ESP1).
At the men fleet the first two places remained the same with Piotr Myszka (POL82) looking unstoppable, having another first place today and a fourth that he discards. He now has a safety distance from the rest of the fleet with ten points difference from the second of the overall ranking, Byron Kokalanis (GRE8). Kokalanis had his worst day so far and after a 13th and an 8th place is still in second place but Ivan Pastor (ESP7) is breathing down his neck, being only two points behind, having a good day and scoring a fifth and a second.
Nothing changed at the top 3 of the youths; Pawel Tarnowski (POL182) is still leading the fleet followed by Giard Louis (FRA155) and Marcin Urbanowicz (POL011) in boys. Same thing in girl's fleet, with the Polish domination continuing. Kamila Smektala (POL104) is leading with Bilska Agnieszka (POL09) in second and Karolina Zajaczkowska (POL04) in third.