Pressure Rises at RS:X World Windsurfing Championships

Image: Tiit Aunaste

Welcome to day two of the 2016 RS:X WORLD WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS and Eilat ­RS:X Under 21 Windsurfing Championships. The sailors have been preparing and training hard for this critical event – an early indication of performance before the 2016 Olympics. Fitness training is a crucial part of this intensely physical sport, helping athletes to gain an advantage over their opponents.

RSX racing demands that sailors are extremely fit and flexible. Athletes racing at this level have to maintain a champion physique for a winning performance, whatever the conditions.

Image: Tiit Aunaste
Image: Tiit Aunaste

The second day of racing saw the fleet grow ever more familiar with Eilat’s Sea state and wind conditions whilst the favourites of the regatta continued to establish themselves. Blasting off the starting line, competitors who could maintain the pressure in their sail and take every tactical advantage were able to consolidate their place on the leader board.

After four races, London’s silver medalist Nick Dempsey and Poland’s Pawel Tarnowski were the ones to watch – putting the pressure on those chasing the pack.
Both managed to get to the top of the leaderboard, with an equal score, a tense position to be in at the close of play.

Malgorzata Bialecka is dominating in women’s fleet after scoring three bullets in four races confirming Poland’s notorious reputation in the class. There are only a few points separating the women from 2nd to 10th position so anything can happen in the fight for the title.

Image: Tiit Aunaste
Image: Tiit Aunaste

There’s no racing scheduled for tomorrow, giving the sailors a chance to relax in Beautiful Eilat and get ready for final series races on Thursday.

You can find the results here:

There were no races scheduled for day three, so the participating windsurfers took the chance to explore this unique city and play tourist for the day.

The action will continue tomorrow when the final series of races will get underway. All eyes are looking to the next few days for a spot in those sought after medal races and ultimately for a chance for the world title.

Source: Icarus Sailing Media