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Race Day 1 - Women's Report

If the men were out on the ragged edge, the women's fleet were pushed even harder today. There was plenty of swimming and unscheduled flights over the handle bars but plenty of smiling faces after two races in the big breeze served up by the WPNSA today.

In the Women's Yellow Fleet, Marina Alabau [ESP5] was supreme posting two bullets. Marta Hlavaty [POL111] took second in the first race in front of Eugenie Ricard [FRA22]  and Flavia Tartaglini [ITA46].

In the second, it was Flavia Tartaglini [ITA46], Agata Brygola [POL20] and Eugenie Ricard [FRA22] made up the first 4. This only because there were a lot of front runner crashing in the slalom section of the course.

If you could nail your jibes to day, you could pass a few swimmers in front and make up some places in the process.

Nikola Girke [CAN17] was one who suffered. She was leading the second race on the last downwind only to crash in the slalom and lose 6 places in the process.

Over in the Blue Group, it was Blanca Manchon [ESP1] who was first out of the gate never to be headed in the first race. Lise Vidal [FRA24], Maayan Davidovich [ISR10] and Charline Picon [FRA4] did the chasing.

Sadly, Blanca failed to shine in the second race of the day. Rounding the first mark in 5th, she slipped back to 7th at the finish. This time it was Marine Rambaud [FRA50] who pounced on the opportunity to lead from start to finish by more than a minute. A pretty stunning distance on the water!

Pauline Perrin [FRA81]  climbed from the pack to take second thanks to her rock solid jibes.  Angeliki Skarlatou [GRE3] and Laura Linares [ITA11] made up the top 4

So overall, It is Marina Alabau [ESP5) with the perfect score of 2. Flavia Tartaglini [ITA46]  is 4 points behind in second. Then 3 sets of ties occupy the next 7 places. These will shake out tomorrow which is expected to be much lighter. The Forecast is for 10 knots so no doubt we'll see some new faces appearing at the front of the fleet.

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.