Alessandra Sensini: gusty windsurfer

Shifty winds gusting up to 30 knots greeted RS:X windsurfers of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. This meant tougher challengers for all.

In the RS:X Women's fleet, only three girls can truly say they had a good day's racing. Alessandra Sensini scored a 1st and a 2nd and leads the fleet. Lee Korsitz is second overall having scored a 3rd and 1st and Chan Wai Kei scored a 2nd and a 4th.

This regatta is the first round in the Italian national qualification series for the one slot available in the RS:X women's event at the 2012 Olympic Regatta in Weymouth so it's worth noting that Flavia Tartaglini is back in 7th with a 4th and a 13th on the scoreboard and Laura Linares is a further 4 places back having 'only' scored a 7th and a 15th.

To put that in perspective, Charline Picon, the top French woman didn't start the first race but came back to take 6th in the second and 21st overall just in front of 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, Bryony Shaw who managed to get an 18th in the first race, but did not compete in the second.

She is effectively the best of the rest who all have at least one DNC in their score line. Some have two. This is testament to the overpowering conditions. There were some very accomplished racers in the group who obviously had a very rough time indeed.