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Race Day 1 - Men's Report

Race Day 1 - Report Men's Fleet

30 knots of wind. 2 races for the men and 2 for the women. Plenty of trips over the handle bars, crashes in the slalom section and unscheduled smack downs but the racers came in smiling. What a blast!

Today's racing on the flat water and strong winds has been a baptism of fire for many but it has also been hugely enjoyable.

Caspar Boumann [NED52] was blisteringly fast in the first race. He lead off the start and had established a 20 second lead by the first mark. Behind His team mate, Dorian van Rijsselberge [NED8] was in hot persuit with Nick Dempsey [GBR1] in third.

Dorian started to fade after the first downwind. First Nick passed him to take the second spot. Then Julien Bontemps [FRA6] and Toni Wilhelm GER319] went by to take 3rd and 4th. Dorian was back to 5th at the finish.

In the second, Yellow Group race, the experience of  Nick Dempsey and Julien Bontemps [FRA6] was beginning to show. Dorian recovered his composure to take third. Ivan Pastor [ESP7] and Joao Rodrigues [POR75] asserted some authority and moved up into the top 5. Caspar sadly sank to seventh.

Over in the blue Group it was Przemyslaw Miarczynski [Pont - POL126] and Jon Paul Tobin [NZL151] took the first race. Pont was never headed but JP had to make the slowe climb from 6th to take second.

Back in 3rd was the Greek legend himself. Nikos Kaklamanakis [GRE1]  now 41 years old  climbed from 7th to overtake Nimrod Mashiah [ISR21], Ricardo Santos [BRA1] and Byron Kokalanis [GRE8]. Not bad for a guy who says he has only been back in training for a couple of months!

Pont [POL 126] took the second race with Nimrod and JP pushing him all the way. Not an easy day for him but he is still king of the big breeze.

Racing is on at 1100hrs tomorrow with a little bit less breeze in prospect so don't forget to drop into the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships Regatta center to get all the news and live race updates.