Windsurfers prepare for medal races in the RS:X South American Championships

March 9, 2009 | Windsurfing

RS:X South American Championships

Finally a day with strong winds.

In Division A Alex Guyader (FRA 7) (1-6-5-4-7-12-1-1) won the 2 races and Ricardo Santos "Bimba" (BRA 1) (2-2-3-8-6 -2-3-4) with great regularity re-assumed the leadership of the championship. Already Shahar Zubari (ISR 11) (11-3-1-2-3-1-6-10) with 2 not so good results lost the lead. Only 10 points separate the first 7 sailors and all with chances in the Medal Race today.

In Division B, we can say that the almost unbeatable Marina Alabau (ESP 5) (1-1-1-1-1-1-1-4) preferred to keep all their forces for the Medal Race and rest in race 8. Already Flavia Tartaglini (ITA 46) (3-2-3-2-3-2-7-1) won the race breaking the 8 bullets serie of Spanish girl.

Here the task of the other competitors at the Medal race is a bit more difficult, since the Spanish has an advantage of 9 points for Flavia, 10 points for Blanca Manchon (ESP 1) (2-3-2-12-2 -3-2-3) and 21 points for Eugenie Ricard (FRA 22) (4-4-4-5-4-4-3-11), the latter has no more mathematical chances.

In division C, Renato Amaral (BRA 179) (11-14-14-8-7-14-11-2) with the stronger wind and at home, achieved his best result in race 8 and consolidated its leadership virtually guaranteeing the South American U19 title (youth).

For the last day the Medal Races for divisions A and B will add a whole of expects at the end of the championship. With the double points and without the opportunity to discard their results, the first 10 put everything at stake in search of the title, leaving still a large number of mathematical possibilities.

No doubt and once again, the Medal Race adds an extra spice to the championship and creates great anxiety for all who participate and monitor the championship.

Demita (MEX 5) (7-7-5-4-5-6-10-9) goes to the Medal Race with great chance to confirm the South American title in Division B but should be very attentive to Brazilian Patricia Freitas (BRA 818) (6-5-8-7-11-9-8-6).

Even before the end of the championship we can draw some conclusions. The RSX class grows in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, given by the large number of young sailors.

The alternation of winners in Division A and a fantastic level of sailors such as the Spanish Marina Alabau, showed the high level of competition and confirms that the race to the medals of the 2012 Olympic Games will be a long and difficult path. The Olympic Windsurfing RSX class combines undoubtedly experienced skills, but is open to the renewal and the South American championship is evidence of this fact.