Norwich windsurfer Nick Dempsey confident despite conservative start to London 2012 Olympic campaign
Norwich windsurfer Nick Dempsey believes he who dares will win at London 2012 after a risk from chief rival for windsurfing gold Dorian van Rijsselberge paid off with two wins from the first two races.
Dempsey finally got his Olympic campaign under way today (Tuesday) after two days spent watching the Finn, Star, 49er, Laser and Laser Radial sailors as well as the match racers in Weymouth.
However it was not quite the start Dempsey had hoped for as he recorded finishes of fifth and seventh from the opening two races for fourth overall with the top three exactly the same in both.
van Rijsselberge led home Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski and German Toni Wilhelm with Dempsey admitting the Dutch leader took a chance that paid off on the Weymouth waters.
The 31-year-old contemplated a risk of his own but after opting against it and watching van Rijsselberge pull off his to perfection Dempsey wasn't best pleased.
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'I was possibly just a bit too conservative lining up at the start and I thought there were a few people going for a similar type of start,' said Dempsey.
'I sailed the races quite well, it was just the two starts – they were two bad starts and on that race course you pay the price for that.
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'Dorian went off the pin quite extreme but actually ended up being quite safe so he ended up with the best start and was pretty hard to catch.
'Dorian won both races because he started on the pin and went faster than everyone else – it's really simple.
'I'm feeling alright, it's nice to get started but it's not the start I wanted and it hurts a little bit when Dorian fires off with two bullets.
'A five and a seven is fine but it means I'm ten points behind at the end of the day so it's not fantastic but it's not that bad.'
Dempsey and the rest of the RS:X fleet were assigned to the West course on Tuesday but will move to the spectator friendly Nothe arena for today's two races.
The remaining six before a switch to Nothe for the medal race will take place on the Harbour course and Dempsey is welcoming the change of scenery.
'The conditions panned out how we expected – the West course is my least favourite because it is very one dimensional – you start on starboard and you go left and that's it,' he added. 'I'll be happy to be back in the harbour.
'Going into this event I feel better than I've ever felt before – I'm ready and pretty confident that by the end of the week things will have turned around and will be looking good.'
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