David Garrel who sails for Luxemburg and Nicky Van Hoof from Belgium lead the European Tour Championship after the first round - the Belgium National Championships held in Gruissan France. David is a seasoned professional who has been involved in speedsailing since God was a boy and one time was the 2nd fastest man in the world, to Finian Maynard. Nicky is a relative newcomer to speed sailing but, being the daughter of Patrick Van Hoof who has been the fastest Belgian on the world tour for many years, it is not really surprising as it must be in the genes!
Despite the bad weather forecast 51 enthusiastic entries arrived on the beach at Gruissan for the start of the competition.Truly a week of highs and lows. They achieved counting round which was great for the competitors but it was a pity that there was not more races, but that's windsurfing. Read the full story . . .
Results men top 3
1. David Garrel
2. Thorsten Mallon
3. Patrick Van Hoof
Results women top 3
1. Nicky Van Hoof
2. Birgit Hoefer
3. Imke De Bruyn
Next round is in Sweden at Surf Club Klagsham from the 2nd of June to the 6th. The numbers are limited so book early details on http://www.speedworldcup.com/. Confirmed and back from Injury is Zara Davis the current women's speed No1 and all the top Swedish riders are going to be there.
Final Results of the Belgian National Championships Click here
For the full ISWC ranking after the 1st round of the European Championship Tour, Click here