- 15 September 2009 | Windsurfing
This monday did not start good as we woke up this morning, thinking there would already be some wind, but it was completely glassy! Still some good lines outside predicted something could happened though. The wind came in lately and we finally moved to Ravine Blanche around 2pm.
Unfortunately, even if there were some pretty nice logo high waves, the wind was not strong enough to launch a 4th round.
Camille Juban, after he's been interviewed by local TV RFO, finally jumped in the water first but broke his mast outside without even having caught a wave! Straight after, as the wind started to pick up, Thomas Traversa could show his surfsailing skills in light wind conditions, but that was not enough to convince the riders to join as it was a bit messy and tricky to catch the sets.
We took advantage of this journey to make some portraits and pictures of the teams. The wind finally picked up around 16.30, with some crazy high mast sets coming in suddenly that allowed local Steven Pichot & Camille Juban to go for a late nice evening short session. It was unfortunately too late to launch the first heats.
- 11 September 2009 | Windsurfing
Marina Alabau (ESP) adds the World gold to the European crown she won at Tel Aviv in June, while Nick Dempsey’s (GBR) victory helps sweeten the bitter disappointment of missing out on an Olympic podium spot in Beijing a year ago, and sees him become the first Brit to win an Olympic Class windsurfing world title in 18 years.
The women’s Medal Race was the first to get underway in ideal conditions at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on Thursday, with Alabau enjoying a 12 point buffer over her teammate Blanca Manchon (ESP) in silver heading into the final showdown.
Alabau remained in control, just as she has throughout the regatta, with a sixth place in the medal race more than enough to hand her gold, while Manchon finished fourth in the final 10-board race to make it a Spanish one-two in the women’s fleet.
“I’m super, super happy,” Alabau said.
“It was not such an easy week – I had to focus hard on the beginning of the week as I knew it would be more windy then which I had trained for so I had to do well early on.
- 10 September 2009 | Windsurfing
It’s a two-horse race for gold in the men’s fleet, with Skandia Team GBR’s Nick Dempsey leading by a six point margin over Israeli windsurfer Nimrod Mashich heading into the final day.
Barring a disqualification in Thursday’s final, Dempsey is certain to take home at least a silver from his home Championships, held out of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, and needs to finish no more than two places behind his Israeli rival to ensure his first ever world crown.
The two title contenders locked horns on the racecourse on Wednesday – Athens bronze medallist Dempsey edged out Mashiah in the first race of the day, finishing second to the Mashiah’s third before the Israeli went on the counter-attack in the second race, picking up a second to Dempsey’s third.
Dempsey’s coach, Barrie Edgington, praised the cool head of his charge on this make-or-break day for the medal hopefuls.
“It was a high pressure day, and Nick sailed a really mature couple of races.
“He just kept on chipping away and made some sensible decisions on the racecourse which have put him right where he needs to be.”
Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberge – the series leader at the halfway stage of the regatta – proved he’s still in with a shot at the podium spots, bouncing back from Tuesday’s results of 21, 23, which effectively ended his title hopes, to post 9, 1 on Wednesday and put him back into the bronze medal position.
But there was disappointment for van Rijsselberge’s teammate Casper Bouman (NED) who, although not in contention for the podium, dropped out of the top ten medal race positions when he was disqualified from both of Wednesday’s races for having been found to have illegally adjusted his mast track.