Three champions decided on the final race of the Boracay RS:One World Championships
Three races on the last day of the 2012 RS:ONE World Championships - and three new champions, all decided on the final race of the day! With no discards - all races count - no one could afford to make a mistake. And no one made a mistake!
The closest final race emerged in the women's fleet - Hei Man Chan (Hong Kong) put in a storming performance to win the race, but Marina Alabau pushed her all the way, took second place and the Women's World Title, two points ahead on the leaderboard. Bryony Shaw from Great Britain took the bronze, only one point adrift of the silver place. Despite some good scores posted by ladies further down the fleet, the gap between the top three and the rest of the fleet was huge.
In the Men's fleet Geylord Coveta (Philippines) did not have his best race of the series, but did enough to take the title, finishing a clear 8 points ahead of Chang Hao from Taiwan. Yuta Nagano from Hong Kong was third.
The overnight leaders in the Espoir Men's(under 22 ) fleet had mixed fortunes, particularly in the final race ; but a first and fourth in the day's other races were enough for Chun Ting Lee (Hong Kong) to take that title. Hong Kong's Lok Yiu To took silver and fellow countryman Yancy Kaibigan took bronze. Again, good scores posted by many further down the fleet - 7 different competitors took bullets at some point during the competition, and our champion only won three of the 14 races - but consistency was the key to the title.
Nailbiting Finish in Store for the Boracay RS:One World Championships
3 more races despite a postponement until 1400 as rain and very light variable winds delayed action on day 4.
Today's format saw all divisions starting together on the "pulsar" course - short race, 8-10 minutes, reaching start followed by downwind slalom and a final beat to windward. The mass start was close to the beach, as was the finish, affording spectators a great view of an easy to follow race.
Stand out sailor today was Marina Alabau (Spain) , 2012 Olympic Gold medallist who won all three races today - which puts her only 2 points adrift of the leader Hei Man Chan (Hong Kong) who was her usual consistent self today. Brit Bryony Shaw has been nudged down into third place but again only two points behind Marina. Quite a battle between these three girls who are way ahead of their nearest rival on the leaderboard.
In the Espoirs, Chun Tin Lee is clinging on to the top spot by the narrowest of margins as Lok Yiu To has tightened the gap to just one point behind! With only one day to go with a possible three races there is no doubt that one of these two will win this competition but it will be an exciting finish.
Over in the men's division every race had a different winner - Indonesian Micah Sampeian will be stoked to take the bullet for the last race of the day - but Philippino Gayford Coveta is holding on to the top spot, still 4 points clear of Chang Hao. Yuta Nagano has managed to knock Ryutaro Kinjo off the podium but there is quite a battle going on for bronze with Kiichiro Hirata also in contention.
Titles will be won or lost on day 5! RS:One_Championship Rules dictate that scoring follows all the laws of the RRS Windsurfing Competition Rules "except there shall be no discards"! So, i>t's critical that nobody loses their nerve and makes an error - one false start for example could mean a disastrous end to someone's championship!
Great racing on day 3 of the Boracay RS:One World Championships
A strong offshore breeze greeted the race committee and competitors as they arrived at the beach front of Boracay Regency Resort & Spa this morning.
With strong winds forecast to last all day the decision was made to run slalom racing over a "figure of 8" course set as close to the beach as possible.
The strong winds, gusting up to 33 knots, and never less than 19 knots, delivered exciting racing with some spectacular "wipe-outs" thrown into the mix!
The format and conditions presented challenging conditions for the racers and great entertainment for the spectators.
Racer of the day was Chang Hao from Taipei, winning all three races in the men's division, which moved him closer to the leader, Geylord Coveta from the Philippines, in the overall rankings.
In the women's division it was 3 races, each with a different winner; but a consistant performance from Hei Man Chan from Hong Kong ensured she kept her lead over Bryony Shaw and Marina Alabau.
It was a similar situation in the Men's Espoir (under 22) division- with three different race winners. However, Chun Ting Lee from Hong Kong, was one of those winners and enabled him to maintain his overnight lead.
Three races completed today at the Boracay RS:One Worlds
Shorter races close to the shore, with the finish line just off the beach was the order of the day.
Three races were completed for all fleets, in winds occasionally gusting to 20 knots. A fast "reaching" start was set by the race committee, which delighted both the competitors and the spectators.
It was a good day for Bryony Shaw, an Olympic bronze medalist from the UK, who won all her races today and moved to the top of the women's ranking. Yesterday's leader Hei Man Chan is just one point behind. These two are challenging Spain's Marina Alabau, Olympic gold medalist London 2012, now 6 points adrift.
Two firsts and a second place keep Geylord Coveta from the Philippines in pole position on the mens overall ranking. He has a commanding lead over Chang Hao from Taiwan, winner of the last race of the day, who is seven points behind. Japan's Kiichiro Hirata currently occupies the bronze position.
Over in the Espoir (under 22) division for men the racing is very close - with 3 different race winners. Philippino Harold Madrigal took the bullet in the first race of the day. Chung Ting Lee from Hong Kong retains the overall lead, but only two points ahead of fellow countryman Lok Yiu To. Takahiro Komori from Japan holds onto his third place but now has a considerable gap to close.
Racing gets under way at the Boracay RS:One World Championships ....
Two races were completed on the opening day of racing at the 2012 Boracay RS:One World Championships.
In mixed and offshore conditions the Race Officer, Jerry Rollin, set a windward/leeward course - with the first two races scheduled to be run "back to back".
The Men's and Women's divisions were dominated, respectively, by Geylord Coveta (Philippines) and Hei Man Chan (Hong Kong) with two "bullets" (firsts!) each.
Over in the Men's Espoir (under 22 years of age) division neither of the two race winners are leading - that honour is with Chun Ting Lee (Hong Kong) who proved that consistency can win titles.
Tomorrow's racing is scheduled for an earlier start - with a stronger wind forecast it is planned to introduce the "pulsar" course - short races (10-15 minutes) with a reaching start, fast action and challenging conditions on the mark rounding!
The organisers of the 2012 RS:One World Championships welcomed competitors with a spectacular opening ceremony.
The occasion began with a parade from Boracay Beach Resort, led by the Ati-Atihan Tribal Group along the packed beach road to the event site.
The competitors were welcomed by Philippine Windsurfing Association President Manny Cabili and Boracay Windsurfing Association President Nenette Graf - joint organiser of the inaugural worlds for the class. The ceremony was closed by a hot display from Rachel Lobangco, Fire Dancing Queen of the Philippines.
Earlier in the day competitors completed registration and made final preparations to their equipment -provided free of charge by Neil Pryde.
Forty seven racers from 14 countries, representing 2 continents, will begin racing tomorrow off the beautiful white sand beach in front of the host hotel - the Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa.
2012 RS:One World Championships - 10th to 15th December 2012 - Boracay, Philippines
Are you looking for an escape to paradise? Close your eyes and imagine a perfect tropical island in the middle of the Pacific with miles of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and off shore breeze up to 20 knots…
Imagine a place where you will race with your family or friends during the day and then relax with a cocktail in front or the most beautiful sunset you will ever see…
Imagine the perfect one-design race where 120 brand new RS:One sets will be available on site for an unforgettable World Championships featuring new windsurfing race formats such as long distance or the dynamic Pulsar course…
NeilPryde, the RS:One Class and the Philippines Windsurfing Association will be turning this dream into reality with the first RS:One World Championships to be held on the paradise island of Boracay, Philippines, from 10th to the 15th of December.
The RS:One Class is the brand new ISAF One-design universal allowing windsurfers of all levels, ages and genders to compete together.