- 27 March 2012 | Windsurfing
Strong winds have forced the suspension of the official races of the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships, in Cadiz, Spain. The committee boat anchored and with a few minutes their bow roller was bent out of shape as the first 40 knot gust came through.
White caps transformed into vapor as the sea became streaked with white lines. The organization has run a "$1000 Winner Takes All Speed Session" so that the strongest could show their skills.
Eighteen men and six ladies went out to see what they could lay down over the 100 meter course. The strongest gust registered on the race committee boat was 50 knots plus as the sailors showed some impressive board handling skills.
Dorian van Rijsselberge, the Dutch bullet, won the Men's division after reaching 31.86 knot. He was followed by Dmitrii Polishchuk (29.97 knots) and Sebastian Wang-Hansen (24.30 knots).
In the Women's division, Hanna Zembrzuska peaked at 25.92 knots and was followed by Agnieszka Bilska (25.38 knots) and Zofia Klepacka (24.30 knots), both from Poland.
The rules were simple. Sailors had to use RS:X Class legal equipment to make two runs. The fastest run scoops the prize money.
$1000 Winner Takes All Speed Session
1. NED8 Dorian van Rijsselberge – 31.86 knots
2. RUS4 Dmitrii Polishchuk – 29.97 knots
3. NOR7 Sebastian Wang-Hansen – 29.70 knots
RS:X Women Speed Session
1. POL1279 Hanna Zembrzuska - 25.92 knots
2. POL09 Agnieszka Bilska – 25.38 knots
3. POL8 Zofia Klepacka – 24.30 knots