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5 May 2004, 09:39 am
Another Cold And Rainy Day In Torbole
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Olympic Windsurfing Equipment Evaluation Event
Torbole, Lake Garda

Day two started out with light drizzle and about 12-15 knots of Peler blowing. The Race Committee set a windward-leeward course with two races planned in the morning session followed by two further races in the afternoon session.
In ideal conditions for the Formula boards, both the Gaastra and Neil Pryde equipment rounded all marks clear ahead of any other equipment. Despite not being able to point quite as high as the IMCO and other daggerboard equipment, their sheer speed and power enabled two wins early in the evaluation.

In the afternoon the Evaluation Panel wanted to test the light wind performance of the equipment, and therefore decided to move the course closer into the shore where the dying "Peler" made for tricky and light conditions of 3 - 7 knots.

This time it was the turn of the daggerboard boards to shine, in particular the IMCO boards with both the MOD and the new Olympic design leading the pack to the top mark. In fact the vulnerability of Formula boards in light winds was shown up even more when all of the IMCO boards had finished before any of the Formula boards had reached the top mark for the first time!

The Evaluation Panel have been noticing the differences between some of the prototype designs and have been interestingly listening to many of the varied points of view. In particular is the Exocet board from Flying Fish (pictured above), which looks to be a cross between a Raceboard and Kayak.

This board has not yet been able to shine in the conditions so far but with more traditional 15-20 knot winds forecast for today it may yet have its day.
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