The gusty winds have made a showing in Alicate. The best winds were in the bay under the cliffs making for some very gusty and tactical racing.
The ladies fleet saw BRYONY SHAW take a 3rd place in the first race in the marginal winds. Tactics were everything up the beat, the fleet having to tack on shifts to try and find the quickest way to the windward mark and stay on the left side of the course. The first womens race was actually won by MASLIVETS OLGA of the Ukraine, with ZOFIA KLEPAKA of Poland in second. It was the 2nd windier fully planing race that Bryony took victory and first place on the leaderboard. Formula Sailor ALISON SHREEVE put a good showing in and is third overall. Shreeve from Australia is competing in the Open Womens fleet so does not count towards the Europeans. The UK\’s Christine Johnston had a slower start to the series settling in 19th overall in the large fleet. In second place is a name some may remember from her time on the PWA wave tour, TONI FREY clearly showing that she is at home on the RS:X. Notably absent is Lucy Horwood, who is rested because of an ankle injury.
It is the mens open racing that is really showing some surprises. In first overall is CASPER BOUMAN from Holland, but its the second overall of Formula Champion, STEVE ALLEN that is the most surprising. He hasnt actually spent that much time on the RS:X, and whilst you might expect a good performance in windy conditions, you wouldnt expect it in light. He actually scored a third place in the marginal race, and amazing feat in such strong fleet, and a third in the windy race. The UK\’s NICK DEMPSEY lies in 4th place in the open fleet, but second overall when it comes to the Europeans. Nick as consistent as ever.
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