The Andalucian Sailing Federation Centre is ready for a week packed of exciting Raceboard racing and so are the windsurfers that have travelled to El Puerto de Santa Maria from all over Europe.
Registration for the European Championships is still open and the organisers are looking to see some late entries at the regatta office on Monday. The number of competitors is anticipated to exceed 50.
Those that will race are in for some of the famous conditions the region has to offer. The weather is one thing that is guaranteed in Andalucía making it one of the top winter training choices for numerous sailing teams and also a prominent host venue to many great regattas. It will be no different during this event. With the experienced hosts and temperatures in the high 20s all week long, there is nothing stopping a great show.
The European title is up for the taking and there are at least a couple of windsurfers in it for the win. Watch out for the masters that have a strong representation at this event and may well end up on podium positions in the general classification.
Pedro Moura from Portugal had a strong performance at this years Worlds in Sopot and is one of the top spot contenders, as well as the locals Toni Colomar-Torres (4th in 2014 Worlds) and Alejandro Rivera-Rodriguez (5th 2014 Worlds). Never underestimate SVK-1 Patrik Pollak, who was third overall at last years Europeans. Last but not least there is Daniel Blinnikka. Does the young Finn have what it takes to win the Raceboard European Championship title? We will learn soon.
In the ladies fleet another Blinnikka is looking to make an impact. Aleksandra was 2nd in the Worlds in June showing off her skills in Poland. Now she is looking to improve her result at the Europeans.
Stay tuned for some interviews, photos and videos, which will be posted on the event website during the event.