At close of registration 46 competitors had registered. In addition to the strong Finnish contingent, there are competitors from 10 countries representing 4 continents, including representatives from Japan, Argentina and Australia.[more]
2 races back to back, then a break for lunch, followed by 2 more races back to back was the order of the day.
Max Wojcik from Poland is giving reigning champion Patrik Pollak a run for his money, taking all four bullets in today’s light wind races in 8-10 knots. Patrik had to settle for four second places. The 2009 and 2010 Raceboard World Champion is going to be hard to beat.
There is more of a battle between Petr Kucera in third and the three “locals” in fourth, fifth and sixth places.
Just four ladies competing – FIN 1 Tuuli PetÃ¤jÃ¤ 10th overall is first woman but we also have Megumi Iseda from Japan, Anna Arosilta-Gurvis from Finland and Lissa Mcmillan from Australia.
Sea fog threatened the last race of the day but four races on day one is a very good start to what should be a very interesting championship. Windguru suggests that the wind will swing round, coming from the south by Thursday, so this really is anyone’s championship at this stage and there is all to play for.
Tonight we have an opening ceremony and party at the beach.
The 2012 Raceboard World Championships kicks off in Yyteri, Finland this week where World Champion Patrik Pollak, from Slovakia, took his third [more]Raceboard European Champion title in 2011. Fantastic racing conditions allowed thirteen races in soaring temperatures last year – can we expect the same for this week’s world championships? Windguru suggests perhaps not but nevertheless it should be an exciting contest.
It was a tough battle for Patrik Pollak (SVK 1) to take the Men’s title against Curro Manchon (ESP 9) in L’Hospitalet de L’Infant, Spain last year, and 2010 World Champion Max Wojcik is also hungry for the title.
In the pre-entry list we already have competitors from 11 countries, 4 continents, and we look forward to seeing the final competitor entry list after close of registration on Tuesday morning. Many have arrived early to take advantage of pre-competition training. Racing begins on Tuesday afternoon.
A note of thanks to Starboard for providing charter of Phantom 377’s.
Yyteribeach, home of the Finnish Boardsailing Association, is one of Finland’s most beautiful sandy beaches, about 4 km long, with shallow water and a sandy bottom, located in the beautiful Gulf of Yyteri, very close to the city of Pori on the west coast. The best wind directions for Yyteribeach are from south-southwest to west-northwest (155°-295°).