Crisp finishes 7th at RS:X Worlds

The Australian Sailing Team's Jessica Crisp has finished seventh at the 2009 RS:X World Championship in Weymouth, England, getting an invaluable look at the venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Crisp finished seventh in the medal race to end the regatta in the same position, just two points behind sixth place.

“It's been pretty tough here from the get go,” said Crisp. “The entire fleet has been fighting all the way, the whole worlds has been extremely close. A couple of days ago from first to last was separated by less than three minutes, which is nothing in windsurfing.

“I think everyone has stepped up a lot and it was pretty full on throughout the group in every single race,” she said.

Crisp was consistent throughout the regatta in the top ten in nine of the eleven races, including a race victory on the penultimate day.

Spain's Marina Alabau dominated the regatta to win the 2009 RS:X World Championship, with compatriot Blanca Manchon in second place.

France's Charline Picon finished in third position.

Crisp now turns her attention to the final ISAF Sailing World Cup round, the Sail for Gold Regatta, to be held in Weymouth, beginning on 14 September.

“It was good to get an early look at the conditions in Weymouth,” she said. “It's quite shifty here, shiftier than you think it is and it's certainly windy!”

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