Current Raceboard World Champion, Max Wojcik from Poland, Olympian Ivan Pastor from Spain and Ilona Grinberga from Latvia have each taken all three bullets in their respective fleets today, and all have ended day one with a four point lead over their nearest rivals.
The entry of 116 competitors from 16 countries, four continents, is the largest seen at a Raceboard World Championships in recent years, and the calibre of the contestants is high. The men's division has been equally divided into two fleets, yellow and blue, with the ladies also having their own start.
The day dawned cloudy and with a distinct lack of wind but at long last a southerly breeze set in allowing for three back to back races for each fleet in 6-8 knots during the afternoon.
One hundred sailors from four continents pre-entered for this World Championship and registration has been open today for late entries. For several days now many participants have been arriving early and testing the waters of Blanes. Despite little wind in advance of the championship, we have seen how keen the sailors are to train and we expect a busy week, with storm included!
The championship organized by the Club Vela Blanes, has the support of the Spanish secretary of the class, Luis Camacho, himself a keen participant in the world circuit, and unconditional support throughout from the International Raceboard class, which has brought this event to Blanes.
In this championship the Polish Wojcik Maksynilian is the sailor who will defend the title of World Champion gained last year. He has some serious rivals in this competition: against the current runner-up, Juha Blinnikka, Finnish champion; German Moritz Martin, runner-up in 2009 who has come to Blanes very prepared and ready for anything, the Portuguese champion Pedro Cortes Moura or the Spanish Olympian Ivan Pastor.
Also strong women's participation, with Australian Joanna Sterling; European champion last year, Czech Martina Hruba, second in the world in 2009, Maria Antonia Dominguez, mother of Olympic Blanca Manchon and world champion several times.
And look out for some of the best-known Spanish sailors in this championship: Paco Manchon, Toni Colomar, Alex Buchu, Victor Fernandez, Ignasi Segado, Juan Jose de Palacio, Fernando Lamadrid, among others.
Everyone is looking forward to the Opening Ceremony this evening (Monday). The Skippers meeting is scheduled for 10.30 in the morning with first possible start at 12.00 noon.
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