3 back to back races completed on day one, sunny with north-easterly wind around 9/10 knots for race 1, building to 14/15 knots during the afternoon, great racing and no protests! It doesn't get better than that!
Exactly as in 2014, the leading racers in both the men's and women's fleets had a perfect day - four times Raceboard World Champion Maksymilian Wojcik (POL-7) and Ilona Grinberga (LAT-18) scooped 3 bullets apiece. No doubt however, they will be aiming for the top podium places this year and not second! 2014 World Champions, Ivan Pastor and Vita Matise, are not here to defend their titles but there are some hot contenders keen to take their places.
In the Men's Fleet, Piotr Nowacki (POL-17) settled for three second places. Juha Blinnikka (FIN-6), first grandmaster, is in third place overall. First Master and 2011 World Champion, Patrick Pollak (SVK-1) is 8th, first youth is Markus Bouhier (GER-3004) 17th, first Veteran is Bernd Neumann (GER-9) 22nd overall.
In the Women's Fleet, 22 year old Aleksandra Blinnikka from Finland took second in every race and Krystyna Soltyka POL-665 is in third overall.
The day finished with a short opening ceremony and a BBQ for all with music and a chance to socialise with old friends.
Windguru predicts rising temperatures during the week with similar wind strengths but variable direction. It should make for interesting racing, especially as competitors have tracking devices so that races can be followed live on-line.
Competition continues until Saturday 13th June - stay tuned - all to play for!
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