2nd was Li Ling (CHN) and 3rd Zofia Klepacka (POL) who wins the Semaine Olympique Francaise by no less than 18 pointrs. Conclusive evidence that she can sail in the breeze as well as the light and flukey
Olga Maslivets (UKR) also had a great regatta finishing 2nd overall and in the process giving her confidence an enormous boost. Jannicke Stalstrom (NOR) must also be well satisfied with her third place but my guess is that Jessica Crisp will feel in her heart of hearts that her sixth place could well have been a podium finish if things had really gone her way. No matter she is there or there abouts 4 months away from the big one and China is where jess is aiming to hit her stride.
Further back, Wiebke Sradnick (GER) started fairly well showing that she has potential if she can just keep it going. Her last three race finishes in the 30s were her undoing so more work on her light wind technique is needed plus the determination to grind out some top five places in displacement conditions.
Learn to love the light airs just like Pont!
Deep in the pack is not somewhere we expect to see Faustine Merret (FRA). She finished 38th. Yes, you heard right… 38th… Her last 3 races were DNFs and her first 4 were, for her, not impressive to say the least. I am writing this from a distance so have not had a chance to talk to Fofo but if I was a betting man, I’d say that she must be pretty disgusted with this result which must rank as her worst in almost a decade!
Let’s hope that she is able to pick herself up and straighten things out for the RSX European Championships which start in her home city of Brest on May 1st. Go to https://rsxclass.com/europeans08.html to check it out and https://rsxclass.com/euros2008/livescores.html to sign up for an SMS or e-mail alert.
SOF Womens results: http://sof.ffvoile.net/results/rsxw.htm