The Australian Sailing Team’s Jessica Crisp has been the big mover on day three of the 2010 RS:X World Championship racing up the leader board to seventh overall after four races.
The three-time Olympic had two great races in the light and shifty conditions in Kerteminde, Denmark, with a second and a third catapulting her from her overnight position of 33rd to seventh and just four points off the lead.
“Today was a really good day’s racing for me,” said Crisp. “Looking back at the regatta so far yesterday was still quite a good day, aside from the race one debacle where I was disqualified, and I’m really happy with where I sit after the first five races.”
“The conditions today were quite light and shifty but we were still planning downwind in the second race and I managed to go from eighth to third on the final downwind with a big gap to the rest of the fleet,” she said.
“Day one was much windier and I was happy with how I went in the last two races, to have two top eight finishes was great, I haven’t gone too well in wind for a while,” said Crisp. “After a really tough regatta in Weymouth a couple of weeks back the confidence is coming back.”
After the opening five races Crisp is tied on points with fifth and sixth position and just one point behind the two Chinese sailors who are tied for third and fourth. France’s Charline Picon is one point further ahead in second while Maja Dziarnowska has a one point lead at the front of the fleet.
“It’s turning out to be a very close World Championship which is really good,” said Crisp. “Yesterday the girls who go well in the wind had a good day and some really struggled today so it’s turning out to be all about consistency.”
“Tomorrow is a lay day which is welcome as my body needs some rest and then back into racing on Thursday and I’ll be aiming to keep up the consistency for the remainder of the regatta,” she said.
Fellow Australian Joanna Sterling ended the day 59th in the women’s fleet with the young Queenslander finishing with two 31sts and is gaining valuable experience with every race against the best windsurfers in the world.
In the men’s fleet Tim Gourlay continues to be the best placed Australian in 77th, ahead of James Levy in 94th.
Luke Baillie is currently 98th, ahead of 2010 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Sailing Team member Eamon Robertshaw in 101st and Joel Tyack one place further back in 102nd. Patrick Vos is 106th.
Racing continues in Denmark on Thursday September 2 following a lay day on Wednesday.
- Craig Heydon