One day made all of the difference at the 2013 RS:X World Championship in Buzios, Brazil as new leaders emerged overthrowing the early front runners.
The third day of competition saw three races across the men's and women's fleet and gusts of up to 18 knots on the race course. The world's best came to the forefront as London 2012 Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) took the lead in the Men's fleet and three time World Champion Lee Korzits (ISR) took firm control in the Women's.
The top two in the Men's RS:X fleet shows the regular battle between London 2012 gold and silver medallists van Rijsselberge and Nick Dempsey (GBR). The Dutchman has opened up a six point lead over the Brit after the fleet split into gold and silver for the third day of racing.
"The wind was good and I'm happy with my results. I'm leading now, but nothing is decided yet. We still have one more day of races before the medal race and Nick and Nimrod are doing a good job. Everything is still very tight and anyone can win," said the London gold medalist.
A close fight for third is ongoing with one point separating Piotr Myszka (POL), Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) and Nimrod Mashich (ISR).
The Brazilian Ricardo 'Bimba' Winicki lost one position and finished the day in sixth overall. Sailing at home and familiar with the conditions, Bimba had two good results on Monday, but a wrong decision in the second race of the day did not make him happy. "I went to the right side when I should've have gone left. I finished in 16th position, which became my discard," he said.
Korzits was in devastating form on the third day of the competition as the breeze kicked in to suit her style and with three race wins she has now opened up a 13 point gap over Great Britain's Bryony Shaw. "I had three first places, which makes me very happy. The day was great and I'm looking forward to tomorrow,"said Lee. Bryony had come into the day as the overnight leader but a far from convincing performance from her saw her lose top spot.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami victor Maayan Davidovich (ISR) makes it two Israeli sailors in the top three.
On Tuesday men and women will have the last three races. On Wednesday the top ten will do the medal race, with doubled score that cannot be discarded. The others are due a fleet race to compensate for the lack of a race on the first day, because of the light winds.
The 7th RS:X World Championship is sponsored by the city of Buzios, ProLagos, Institute Equipav, Aegea, Institute Equipav and Aegea. Is supported by Brazilian Federal Government and has the aid of: Wollner, Rider, Hannover Wines and Bodega Ruca Malen.
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Men's fleet after eight races and one discard
1. Dorian Van Rijsselberge, NED, 15 points
2. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 21 p
3. Piotr Myszka, POL, 28 p
4. Byron Kokkalanis, GRE, 28 p
5. Nimrod Mashiah, ISR, 29 p
Women's fleet after eight races and one discard:
1. Lee-El Korsiz, ISR, 17 points
2. Bryony Shaw, GBR, 30 p
3. Maayan Davidovich, ISR, 37 p
4. Charline Picon, FRA, 51 p
5. Qiaoshan Weng, CHN, 57 p