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Strong winds keep the fleet ashore on the penultimate day of the 2014 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships & Open Trophy

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RSXEC2014 07The European Championship of the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Class continued today in Cesme, Turkey with extremely strong winds postponing the race.
As athletes arrived on the venue this morning, the conditions out on the race track were already marginal for racing. Gusts reaching up to 30 knots and a big sea, forced the race committee to make the decision of whether or not to go ahead with the scheduled racing. Whilst the safety of athletes was foremost in their mind, they were also well aware that today was the last chance for athletes to make it to the top 10 medal race line up.

Whilst some athletes were fairly relaxed about the situation, for others it was a long and nervous wait as they willed the breeze to ease up. But this is racing, and everyone knows that the wind is the ultimate master. Which is why it is critical to aim for a consistent scoreline throughout the series, to safeguard your position. If there was no racing it would be game over for a shot at the medals for all those not already in the top 10. So lots of eyes were on the race track in the hope of spotting any sign of a let up in the breeze.

As the wind steadily picked up throughout the day, the Race Committee postponed racing until 5 in the afternoon – in the hope of a decrease in wind's strength. Some athletes stayed ashore, keeping themselves rested, energized and ready to race. For others, the breeze gave the perfect opportunity for a spot of high speed short board windsurfing – much to the enjoyment of those watching from ashore.  

Ultimately the breeze gave no let up and kept on blowing hard all day long. Big disappointment for many as the Race Committee ultimately gave the call to abandon racing for the day.

Conditions are looking similar for Saturday’s Medal Race and final race for those who are not racing at the Medal Race. Hoping to grab the best of the breeze early in the day, racing is scheduled to get underway first thing. The top 10 medal race line up is set and the breeze forecast is expected to deliver some high octane racing. The scoreboard gives plenty of opportunity to the top 10 athletes to climb onto the podium – so get set for some explosive men’s and women’s RSX racing action tomorrow. Do not miss it.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 04 July 2014 20:49 )