The RS:X board sailors went racing overnight for the first time for the World Championships titles for 2007 and national qualification for Qingdao. Racing on the inner course took place in fickle light winds at times in the wind shadow of Sintra Hill.
Barbara Kendall kicked off the regatta with a 2nd place, however was 26th in her second race. At the end of day one for the boards she is in 25th place.
In the men’s fleet Jon-Paul Tobin was 6th and 4th in racing overnight to sit in 9th place on the leader board. Meanwhile Tom Ashley was 7th and 6th in his races and lies 18th overall.
“Funny day!” says Tom Ashley. “It was super shifty and gusty, and I fell in my first race and did a 720 in the second and ended up finishing 7th and 6th. I’m a bit out of practice as I haven’t raced in two months but am pretty happy with how I’m going towards China. My form will improve as the event goes on.”
“Conditions were so crazy that it was fun despite the average results.”