The three races of the day were completed with a lot of wind off Vilamoura with about 80 crews starting the fight for the world title.
The Spanish duo Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez, leaders of the world ranking and current world runners-up, ended the day in the lead, followed by the Swedish crew Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström and the Greek Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis.
In this competition, in addition to the title of world champion, there is a fight for the only place available for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 6 teams have not yet qualified and it will be here that they will try their luck.
Portugal is also trying to qualify for Tokyo through the two teams in the competition. The duo Diogo and Pedro Costa is the best positioned so far after a good start in the world with a 2nd place right in the first race, finishing in 6th place overall.
“It was a very good day, with a good wind and where we don't make many mistakes. We hope to see what tomorrow looks like. All the pairs are in good shape, it will be tough until the end ”said Diogo Costa.
In the women's competition, the French Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz, current champions of Europe, lead the classification by achieving a 1st and 2nd place on the inaugural day of the race.
The Spanish Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina confirmed today their good form, guaranteeing the 2nd place in the overall. The Italian Elena Berta and Bianca Caruso closed the Top 3.
It is in Vilamoura that, for the first time, a world championship of this class receives mixed crews, a format that will be adapted by the class after the 2024 Olympic Games. In this fleet, the best performance in the waters of Vilamoura belonged to the Israelis Gil Cohen and Noam Homri.
Tomorrow the RS: X European Championship kicks off with more than 80 boards in competition. In this class, all countries have already qualified for Tokyo but it is in Vilamoura that they will elect the sailor who will represent them.