A frustrating day 2 at the Raceboard Youth and Masters Worlds for both competitors and race committee.
The first possible start scheduled for 11.30 was delayed until early afternoon as the wind eventually shifted into the right direction for the thermic breeze.
One race was possible before the wind dropped and began to swing back to gradient wind direction. Competitors were sent ashore to await improvement, which eventually came and out they went again. But, once again, the wind eased off and delayed the start of race 2.
Master Pawel Gardasiewicz (POL), winner of race 1, said "it was a great opening to the championship. Even though not enough wind to plane it was very nice to race with friends," he had a very good start and maintained the lead throughout. In second place was Grandmaster Karel Baranek (SLO), followed by Paco Wirz (ITA).
Giuseppe Zerillo (ITA) headed the youth fleet, with Daniel Blinnikka (FIN) in second and Marcos Guedez (FRA) was third.
Day three of the Youth and Masters Worlds in Monfalcone dawned bright and sunny. However, the breeze kicked in during the afternoon enabling two races to be run, albeit in marginal planing conditions.
Pawel Gardasiewicz (POL) continued his domination of this light wind racing with two more bullets and Radim Kamensky (CZE) took second place in each. German Grandmaster Frank Spoettel took two thirds, bringing him up to fourth place on the leaderboard. Paco Wirz, third the previous day, had to make do with two fourths but maintained his third place overall.
Likewise in the youth fleet, Giuseppe Zeriolo (ITA) also took two bullets today. However, there was a little more competition between Daniel Blinnikka (FIN) and Marcos Guidez (FRA) who took a second and third each. Their positions remained the same as the day before on the leaderboard.
Even if the wind was reluctant to join the party, the hospitality at Windsurf Marina Julia was second to none and competitors and friends were certainly enjoying the atmosphere.
Conditions were far from perfect in Monfalcone on Day four, but there was always the fun factor which makes events like this memorable.
Patience paid off and later in the afternoon again 2 light wind races were sailed.
The leaders of the Masters and Youth Fleets - Pawel Gardasiewicz and Giuseppe Zerillo - seemed unbeatable, both revelling in these light wind conditions, winning every race, each with perfect scores.
In the youth fleet Daniel Blinnikka (FIN) had eight points in second place overall and Marcos Guedez (FRA) was three points behind. He would no doubt be cursing his OCS in the first of the day's races.
In the Masters Grandmaster Frank Spoettel (GER) had jumped past Paco Wirz (ITA) into second place on the leaderboard with his two seconds, pleased to be able to discard his first race of the event. It was the worst day of the event for Radim Kamensky (CZE) who had now slipped off the podium into fourth place.
Ceri Williams said, "This is a good event, the club is well organised, very enthusiastic. Competitors are enjoying the event and there is still a chance there may be more wind for the end of the championship."
However, the Raceboard Youth and Masters World Championships drew to a close at Windsurfing Marina Julia, Monfalcone with just one more race on the final day, making a total of six races to count.
Congratulations to champions Pawel Gardasiewicz (POL) and Giuseppe Zerillo (ITA), lightwind specialists, who both made it clear right from the start that they were in it to win it, taking bullets in every single race. Overall positions in the top three remained the same as the day before.
There is no doubt this event will be remembered for its warmth - not only the weather but the hospitality, atmosphere and friendship amongst competitors. The race committee had done an excellent job in frustrating wind conditions and the hospitality of Windsurfing Marina Julia had been second to none and a whole lot of fun.
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