With a near faultless display Patrik Pollak (SVK 1) took the 2009 Raceboard European title. In the first race of the day he was sailing true to form with yet another win; but even champions can make mistakes! In the second race of the day Patrik sailed to the wrong mark and a lengthy detour meant he could only make fourth place.
The fight for second and third places on the podium was very close. Three good races today by Juha Petri Blinnikka (FIN 6), including a first place in the final race of the series, meant he tied with youth racer Rihards Akmentins (LAT 30). However the tie break went in favour of the younger man.
Ex olypmic racer Vita Matise (LAT 1) finished very strongly today to complete the series in 6th place overall and first woman.
The raceboard championship was the premier event of the 2009 Liepaja Windsurfing Festival which also included round one of the Baltic Sea Cup. The BSC comprises 3 events for Techno 293 junior and RSX youth racers, and hosts this year include Latvia, Germany and Russia.
Topping the results board, with convincing wins, were:
Paulius Voverys (LTU 718) - Techno Under 15
Marcin Urbanowicz (POL 011) - Techno Under 17
Kevin Jakobson (EST 63) - RSX Youth
A very successful and well run regatta - full credit to windsurfing club Rietumkrasts, Latvian Windsurfing Association and Liepaja City. Eleven races over 3 days, in a wide range of conditions, completed a memorable championships and ensured that Liepaja Windsurfing Festival has a great future.