RS:X World Championships 2009

The RS:X World Windsurfing Championships is the first ‘Olympic’ event to be staged at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in this quadrennial.

This is the venue for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Racing is expected to be inside the harbour blasting across the flat water in full view of the general public. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the action.

On Wednesday evening the Opening Ceremony was held ahead of the start of racing this Friday. It was blowing all day on Wednesday and is likely to continue for the next two days at least. Predicting conditions further out than that is always a fool’s game so let’s not go there.

However, lets just assume for a minute that we stand a good chance of getting some breeze later in the event. September is the month of the equinox. The change in the seasons, this usually brings breeze with it - sometimes in abundance.

This then is how we see it…

In the men’s fleet, Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) is always a name that springs to mind when the wind is up. Then there is Casper Bouman (NED), the 2006 RS:X Windsurfing World Champion who is really fast on flat water. And, there is nothing flatter than Weymouth harbour in wind.

The home supporters must be rooting for Nick Dempsey (GBR) and Bryony Shaw (GBR) both good all round performers. Marina Alabau (ESP) and Blanca Manchon (ESP) the dominant team in Women’s RS:X windsurf racing are however the ones to beat in the women's fleet

It will be interesting to see how the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, Hei Man Chan (HKG) fares in the Olympic fleet. She is now fully recovered from the leg injury sustained just before the Palmalife RS:X Youth Windsurfing World Championships.