Sunny skies greeted competitors and a long distance race was on the cards. However, the promised wind failed to arrive, unstable in direction and strength, taunting the race committee who decided by mid afternoon that a BBQ provided by the organisers and sight seeing were far more favourable activities than hanging around waiting. There is every reason to expect four races in good conditions on Saturday with a great forecast.
Another grey day dawned in Praia da Vitoria, on Terceira island in the Azores - unusual conditions for this time of year, but is that not the same everywhere? With 3 days to go and 9 races already completed it was decided to go for 2 races back to back today and give the racers a chance to see some more of this wonderful island.
Great racing in good winds of around 20knots, tested the lightweight sailors, as reflected in today's results. Edwy Zoonekynd FRA-730 had the best day, taking the first bullet of the day and a third, whilst fellow countryman Valentin Brault took the second win.
The third discard comes into play but does not change the order of the top ten. However, Miguel Martinho's lead is now just one point over Valentin Brault who has widened the gap between him and third placed Marco Begalli to 5 points.
Just outside the top ten, Maciek Rukowski scored a second place in race 10 today. A late starter in these championships it will be interesting to see how far he makes his way up the leaderboard.
Results after 11 / Masters after 11
Grey skies but windy in Terceira, Azores, for the second day of racing in the 2013 European Championships. Four good races on courses longer than the previous day, with an average time of 20 mins for the first finisher.
Sailor of the day was Miguel Martinho POR-5, 2nd overall yesterday, with two race wins that take him to the top of the leaderboard. He is now three points ahead of Valentin Brault FRA-823, who took one bullet, in second place. He in turn is three points ahead of Italian Marco Bagalli. Yoann Fleury, also with a race win, is making his way up the leaderboard from 5th to 4th.
1st Master is Miguel Martinho (POR-5) & 1st Grand Master is Marco Begalli (ITA-415).
Results after 9 / Masters after 9
5 races completed on the first day of racing - Valentin Brault (FRA 823) leads from Miguel Martinho (POR 5) on a tie break. Third overall is Marco Begalli (ITA 415). Full results
The fleet maybe be small but the competition will be fiercely contested .. not only for the European titles but also the prize fund for this leg of the 2013 European Cup.
The organisers and local community have done a great job preparing for this championships, and the competitors are being well looked after
This is the first visit to the Azores for the International Formula Windsurfing Class... maybe for any international windsurfing class? We very much hope this will be the first of a series of annual formula events to visit the shores of Azores.
Enjoy the intro video and photos whilst awaiting more news.