Formula Windsurfing European Championship
Torbole, Lake Garda
The first day of racing from took place yesterday from Torbole in interesting conditions for sailors and race organizers alike. Allison SHREEVE (AUS), currently leading the women's standings, reports from the front.
"Day one of competition was certainly interesting. We had everything from 0 to 15kts gusty and shifty in direction. Due to the depth of the lake the marks where slightly out of wack but still provided us with good courses.
Formula racing is definitely a different style of racing for me coming from a mistral background. Instead of pumping like crazy for forty minutes in gusty conditions, we where all fully powered up and planing the whole race. The race tactics are similar to those of tornado sailing; get a good start, do minimal tacks and jibes, have good lay-lines, and sail fast.
For the past week I have been learning the importance of tuning your equipment. You can't change much on the water except your outhaul so it is vitally important to rig your sail perfectly on shore. I found out after the practice race that I had used a fin that was too powerful, the spacers in my cambers where all wrong, my mast track was in the wrong place, and my downhaul also wasn't right! There are so many aspects to formula racing I need to learn and master, but after one week of practice I feel I have made large steps in becoming fast.
I am looking forward to racing formula this year and am already enjoying having fun with my new friends."
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.