Nick Dempsey is two-time RS:X World Champion

Lee El-Korsiz won the title in advance, yesterday, and local Patrícia Freitas won the medal race among ladies today

Búzios, Brazil – Today was the last day of the RS:X World Champion in Búzios. Despite the good weather, the sailors have to wait for almost an hour to do the medal race. It was about 13h (1600GMT) when the race committee started the men’s race.

The British Nick Dempsey was the leader of the competition, nine points ahead the Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberge, in second. On the water, each sailor did their own race, and Dorian could manage better the shifty winds and won the race, finishing second on the championship. Nick was second on the race, adding four more points on the overall results, enough to ensure his second world title. Curiously, it is the inverted podium of the last Olympics when Dorian was gold and Nick silver in his homewaters in Weymouth.

“I’m very happy. The race was really difficult because of the wind and I was a little anxious, but everything was good at the end”, said Nick Dempsey, the first man to secure two world titles in the RS:X board.

Who was also happy was the Greek Byron Kokkalanis. He, local Ricardo “Bimba” Winicki and the Israeli Nimrod Mashiah went to the race with the same 41 points. So whoever finished the race in the front would ensure the bronze medal. Kokkalanis ended the medal race in third, celebrating a lot after the finishing line.

“It was really hard, I had to fight with Bimba and luckily this was my turn. I knew he was going to fight to be third so my goal was to end in front of him. I had a lot of problems in the past year, lost the European Championship on the tiebreaker and the third place on the Worlds by one point, so today was my day”, celebrated Kokkalanis.

Bimba was racing at home  and was considered one of the favorites to win the race today, but the fight with Kokkalanis put him in 6th on the race and 4th at the championship.

“Everybody had the same chances and I needed to put the Greek and the Israeli behind me. I got rid of Nimrod on the start, but Kokkalanis sailed really well, on my neck and finished two positions ahead”, said Bimba.

On the girls fleet, the Israeli Lee El Korsiz did a great job yesterday, opening 21 points from the fellow Maayan Davidovich, ensuring the third world title in a row. Despite that, she sailed the medal race, ending it in 8th. The winner, for the cheer of the local crowd, was the Brazilian Patrícia Freitas. “I’m so happy that I cannot explain my feelings. Brazil has a great energy and it was essential for me to win”, said Lee, the three times RS:X world champion.

The 7th RS:X World Championship is sponsored by the city of Búzios, ProLagos, Institute Equipav, Aegea, Institute Equipav and Aegea. Is supported by Brazilian Federal Government and has the aid of: Wöllner, Rider, Hannover Wines and Bodega Ruca Malen.

Final results:

Men’s Fleet

1.       1. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 30 pontos perdidos

2.       2. Dorian Van Rijsselberge, NED, 37 pp

3.       3. Byron Kokkalanis, GRE, 49 pp

4.       4. Ricardo Winick, BRA, 53 pp

5.       5. Piotr Myszka, POL, 57 pp

6.       6. Nimrod Maschiah, ISR, 59 pp

7.       7. Shahar Zubari, ISR, 77 pp

8.       8. Ivan Pastor, ESP, 78 pp

9.       9. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 84 pp

10.   10. Louis Giard, FRA, 87 pp

Women’s Fleet:

1.      1.  Lee-El Korsiz, ISR, 44 pontos perdidos

2.       2. Bryony Shaw, GBR, 60 pp

3.       3. Maayan Davidovich, ISR, 67 pp

4.       4. Tuuli Petaja-Siren, FIN, 71 pp

5.       5. Charline Picon, FRA, 77 pp

6.       6. Qiaoshan Weng, CHN, 81 pp

7.       7. Blanca Manchon, ESP, 88 pp

8.       8. Patrícia Freitas, BRA98 pp

9.       9. Olha Maslivets, UKR, 100 pp

10.   10. Hayley Chan, HKG, 119 pp


Mariana Peccicacco/Velassessoria

Final Results Women

Final Results Men

Israeli sailor Lee-El Korsiz is three-time RS: X world champion in Brazil

The men’s event will finish tomorrow; the British Nick Dempsey could be the first sailor to win two RS:X world titles among men

Búzios – The RS:X Worlds will end tomorrow in Búzios, Brazil, but the Israeli-Lee El Korsiz is already celebrating another title, the third in a row. With light winds, the Race Committee did only two of the three races scheduled for today and Lee won the first and was 18th in the second, which became her discard. With this result, she opens 21 points lead that secures her Gold medal.

“I have 21 points over Maayan, which is enough to secure the championship. I am very happy, it’s my third consecutive title and now I’ll have to do one more tattoo”, she said showing a big star tattoo that represents each one of her victories.

Among men, the Brazilian Ricardo Winicki, Bimba, made the second best average of the day, finishing second and sixth. He returned to fifth place overall, tied with Byron Kokkalanis GRE third, and Nimrod Maschia ISR in fourth.

“Being back in the top ten in the world is great. I’m feeling good, feeling at home. On the second race I choose the wrong side, doing the first rounding in 18th, but I managed to recover. The Windsurf is very fast and it’s not possible to do a match racing at the medal race. You have to sail like it’s the first race of the championship, go out there and win”, he said.

If the day was good for Bimba, Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge, the Olympic champion in London, can not say the same. He could not sail well in light winds and dropped to second place, nine points behind the British Nick Dempsey, the silver inLondon 2012.

“In the first race I went to the left side and the wind got stronger from the right. In the second race I managed to make a good start and went to the right side, and didn’t see the pressure that came from the left, which resulted again in a bad race”, he said.

Dempsey says he is confortable for the last day. “Today the wind was weaker, which makes things slower. The wind was shifting again, very demanding tactically. For the medal race, is good to do the right thing at the right time, without much planning”, said the British that can be the first two time world champion of RS: X. The Englishman won the competition in 2009, racing at home in Weymouth.

Tomorrow, the medal race is scheduled for 12pm (1500GMT) at Búzios Vela Clube, in Maguinhos Beach. Only the top ten men and women will race. This is the most important race of the championship and has double score, cannot be discarded and its result will be used as the first tiebreaker. The other sailors will go to the water too, to do a single fleet race, after de medal race.


Men’s fleet after ten races and one discard

1.     Nick Dempsey, GBR, 26 points

2.     Dorian Van Rijsselberge, NED, 35 p

3.     Byron Kokkalanis, GRE, 41 p

4.     Nimrod Mashiah, ISR, 41 p

5.     Ricardo Winick Santos, BRA, 41 p


Women’s fleet after ten races and one discard:

1.     Lee-El Korsiz, ISR, 28 points

2.     Maayan Davidovich, ISR, 49 p

3.     Bryony Shaw, GBR, 52 p

4.     Charline Picon, FRA, 63 p

5.     Tuuli Petaja-Siren, FIN, 65 p


Mariana Peccicacco/Velassessoria

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