. . . but 4 more races completed. Racing started on time in good conditions, with wind averaging 17 knots, gusting to 21 knots. The plan was for 2 races ‘back to back’ in the morning, after a break for lunch 2 further ‘back to back’ races and if the wind played ball, a final 5th race later in the afternoon.[more]
It was not to be; the morning session went according to plan, but in the afternoon the wind dropped steadily, enabling only race 5 to be completed and race 6 being abandoned half way through.
After a further break ashore the race committee decided the wind had picked up sufficiently to attempt the elusive race 6. It was the right call and most finished in the dying breeze. It was however a hard slog back to the beach to complete a tough day.
In the youth fleet Christen Justesen from Denmark consolidated his position at the top, as did Italian Marco Begalli in the Masters. Consistency wins titles.
Top 3 in Youth
1) Christen Justesen DEN-26
2) Mateus Isaac BRA-767
3) Elia Colombo SUI-63
Top 3 Masters
1) Marco Begalli ITA-415
2) Peter Eliens NED-538
3) Ansis Dale LAT-13
Competitors and race committee will be relieved to have got racing underway at this year’s Formula Windsurfing Youth and Masters World Championship hosted by the Austrian Sailing Federation at their centre on Neusiedl am See. [more]
It had all the omens of being another long day ashore, waiting for the weather to improve and the wind to kick in and stabilise. Eventually the race committee started registering wind readings of the right intensity and the postponement flag came down. But as sailors made their way to the starting area it looked to be dropping – but local knowledge played its part and the race committee got it right.
Two races for both fleets were completed before weather conditions deteriorated, and the rain killed the wind.
At the end of day 2 it is clearly an open championship and there are many racers vying for the title of world champion.
Top 3 at the end of today:
1) Christian Justesen (Denmark)
2) Rytis Jasiunas (Lithuania)
3) Joel Gronqvist (Finland)
1) Marco Begalli (Italy)
2) Ansis Dale (Latvia)
3) Giovanni Franchini (Italy)
69 competitors from 3 continents/18 countries have registered for the Formula Windsurfing Junior Youth & Masters World Championship – Pannonia Surfing Days – taking place on Lake Neusiedl, Austria. 30 are competing for the youth championship and the rest in Masters (including two seniors for a European Cup ranking).
The event was opened in the evening with speeches from representatives of the host organisation – the Austrian Sailing Federation; and from the Chairman of Austrian Windsurfing, Markus Poltenstein. On behalf of the class Chairman, Francesco Zarbo, declared the championship open and a welcoming meal was enjoyed on the terrace.
The forecast does not look too promising for the first two days, but local racers reliably inform us of an optimistic forecast later in the week. Stay tuned for news!