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RSX Asian Windsurfing Championships: Day 1 - A Soft Start

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rsxembossedToday was the  first day of  racing for the  2010 Asian RS:X Windsurfing Championships. 32 sailors from  9 countries  gathered  on the windswept islands of  Penghu -  located between the  Taiwan  Mainland and   China. The  fleet consisted of  16 RSX 9.5 windsurfers,  8 Youth  Men and  8  women,  of those were  2 Men from  Iran who had had to  jump through hoops for  4 days to eventually arrive on the  islands (bravo).

After three days of warm up in  20knts + wind, the  fleet was  met with a light but steady  5 knot breeze.     The heavy weights were frustrated knowing that the forecast for the day was  20 knots in the  afternoon -   as  predicted the  wind kicked in only minutes after the  finish of the last race.

Although with the new format of  16 scheduled races, due to the  non planing conditions only  two  races were completed with the  competitors released for  some needed rest in preparation for the  windy conditions ahead ( 25 - 30 knots for the  next 5 days is expected)


1st Ho Chi Ho
2nd Ma Yik Kau
3rd Cheng Kwok Fai
4th Leung Ho Tsun
5th Chang Hao

Jannicke Staalstroem  ( Norway ) and  Chan Wai Kei are separated by only one point. with Thailand's Sarocha Prumrai , Youth Olympic gold medalist  Siriporn Raewduana and  Yuki Sanaga or Japan on equal points for third.  The  battles   will  continue in the heavier conditions in the coming days

Youth Men
The  youth Men's fleet  is  comprised of  5 competitors from HK and  2 from  Chinese Taipei. HK hold 1st and 2nd place with  a Chinese Taipei sailor sharing 3rd with Hong Kong's Tang Wing Ho .With the  light stuff out of  the  way, it will be interesting to see the standings after  a possible  3 races in  strong winds  tomorrow.   MOST of the youth guys are looking  forward to the  heavier conditions and are also hoping for the  chance to  step on to  some  slalom and  wave  gear  after racing  in the morning.


Last Updated ( Monday, 04 October 2010 14:26 )