Van Rijsselberghe: Do or die on Saturday

By 26 May 2017 All news, Frontslider


MEDEMBLIK – The final day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta on Saturday is going to produce a lot of drama, anything can happen. The RS:X class will race with a new format: the top 12 after the fleet races will start in the quarter-final, six of them will go through to the semi-final and finally four windsurfers will battle for the podium places.

Double Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe thinks it will be exciting on Saturday to follow the races in the RS:X. “A lot of things can happen on the last day. It’s do or die. It will be quite interesting to see what’s gonna happen,” the Dutch windsurfer looks ahead.

Van Rijsselberghe lost his leading position in the overall on Thursday. “Now we have four days of fleet racing without a real goal. With the new format the event could also be done in three days,” he tells.

British windsurfer Samuel Sills, third overall, had a similar format at the Europeans a few weeks ago in Marseille. “This format is a bit different and I think it will show even more drama. Everything can happen. Number one after the fleet races can be number twelve at the end. It means you have to attack from the first race. You’ve got nothing if you’re not aggressive during the races.”