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19 August 2002, 12:41 pm
Day 4
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Jamie Lever (GBR)photo:namaxa.com

Formula Windsurfing Euro Cup
Silvaplana

Day four of the Euro Cup event at Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland. Would this be our lucky day with the wind? We only had today, or if no racing completed, the reserve day on the Sunday to get a valid event in.
Sure enough at around 11.45am, much earlier than any other day, a distinct line of wind appeared at the top of the lake, and began working it's way down towards us. This time it was moving faster down the lake than previous days, the question was would there be enough strength in the Majola wind when it reached us? We needed 9 knots on the lake at this altitude, because there is less denisity and power in the wind for the same speed at sea level.

The answer was yes there was enough wind for racing, and the Formula women would go first. There was a buzz of activity as people got ready. The spectators also started to fill the grand stand looking right down the start and finish lines.

With the lake being relatively narrow you had to tack more times than usual to reach the upwind mark, and this also meant that it was much easier to see where everyone was and cover people because there was no where for people coming from behind to go!

I had a good first start and upwind leading around the top mark, with Dorota second and Lucy Horwood third. At mark four suddenly Dorota was on me again, either she had brilliant speed to catch me from so far away, or something had gone wrong. It turned out she had accidentally missed mark three, and so at the end of the race she retired. This moved everyone behind her up a place, giving Lucy Horwood second, and the young polish windsurfer Marta Hlavaty third.

In the men's race Jamie Lever had the best start from everyone and he lead the race from start to finish. Euro Cup and Grand Prix ranking leader Steve Allen finished second.

We then had a break whilst the Silvaplana Marathon consisting of four laps of the lake took place. Jamie Lever felt like doing some extra racing (or maybe there was prize money?) and so he raced and won the marathon as well as race one.

Next was race two for the women. The wind was a little stronger now. Lucy had excellent speed. Dorota made an error tacking off after the start, and uncharacteristically rounded the top mark in fourth position behind myself, Lucy and Verena Fauster. Lucy and I were having a close race on the first lap until at mark four there was a wind hole which Lucy fell into and allowed me to get away.

Alex Grynis rounded the top mark in first position for the guys, with Steve Allen hot on his heels. Alex lead for the first lap, but Steve got past him on the second upwind and then lead to the finish. Jamie Lever came in third position.

With almost no break we went out for race three of the day. The wind was still quite strong down the middle of the lake, but getting more patchy around the edges and especially at the top mark. I had very good speed and height up the first beat and also took a nice shift near the mark, while Dorota went a bit too far left and out of the wind, and so I rounded the top mark with a big lead. Also to my advantage there was a big lull which the next girls behind got trapped in at the top mark, while I was lucky and managed to stay in a gust on the first reach and downwind. Marta, Dorota, Wendy Little and Lucy were changing places all around the course, with the wind getting increasingly unstable. We also had contend with all the men that had one general recall around the bottom mark, which was rather interesting! In the end Marta got second position, and Dorota third.

The men finally had a clean start, however the leader after two races Jamie Lever was OCS and therefore disqualified and sent back to the beach. Arnon Dagan was leading at the top mark. Fortunately for Jamie, with no discard until four races, the race was abandoned because the wind was too light and unstable.

So that was it, the wind was fading, and racing was finished for the day and the event. The Brits were in top form Jamie Lever first, and in the women me first and Lucy Horwood second. Second in the men was Steve Allen, and after a correction to the results Alex Grynis in third. Marta Hlavaty had a great result and her first taste of the podium in third position in the women.

Results

Men

1 GBR-5 GREAT BRITAIN LEVER JAMES STARBOARDS/DEBOICHET/CICCOLO SURF 4 pts 1 3
2 AUS-0 AUSTRALIA ALLEN STEVE FANATIC/GUN/NEIL PRYDE 5 pts 4 1
3 POL-86 POLAND GRYNIS ALEKSANDER STARBOARD/QUICKSILVER/DEBOICHET/DERMOSAN 9 pts 7 2
4 VI-11 USA DIAZ JIMMY NEIL PRYDE/LICLON ENERGY DRINK 9 pts 5 4
5 NED-334 NETHERLANDS LITTEL DENNIS DENMAR DESIGN/FANATIC/EXTREMITY 16 pts 2 14
6 ITA-1 ITALY CUCCHI ANDREA NEILPRYDE/ STARBOARDS/ DEBOICHET/ O'NEILL 18 pts 6 12
7 FRA-192 FRANCE ALBEAU ANTOINE AHD/NP/QUICKSILVER/ATANI/FORDLEASE 19 pts 10 9
8 H-34 NETHERLANDS KEET ADRI FANATIC FALCON/NEILPRYDE FANATIC ZEMBLA 21 pts 16 5
9 GBR-83 GREAT BRITAIN WILLIAMS ROSS AHD/GAASTRA/CURL/COBAIN 22 pts 9 13
10 F-83 FRANCE RENARD YANNICK EXOCET/NEIL PRYDE 22 pts 11 11

Women

1 GBR-93 GREATBRITAIN JOHNSTON CHRISTINE NEILPRYDE/ CONTESSA/ DEBOICHET 3 pts 1 1 1
2 GBR-95 GREATBRITAIN HORWOOD LUCY AHD/GAASTRA/SOLA 9 pts 2 2 5
3 POL-994 POLAND HLAVATY MARTA HESTIA SPORT 11 pts 3 6 2
4 NED-335 NETHERLANDS LITTEL WENDY DENMAR DESIGN/FANATIC/EXTREMITY 15 pts 4 7 4
5 ITA-31 ITALY FAUSTER VERENA DEBOICHET/ CIRCOLO SURF TORBOLE/ STARBOARD 16 pts 5 4 7
6 AUT-88 AUSTRIA GERMANY MARGIT SPORT SCHNEIDER/ STARBOARD 18 pts 7 5 6
7 POL-1 POLAND STASZEWSKA DOROTA STARBOARD/NP/ERA/REEBOOK 19 pts 13 (RET) 3 3
8 POL-1381POLAND RUDZINSKA JOZEFINA STARBOARD/GAASTRA 27 pts 6 13 8
9 GR-291 GREECE MARGONI LETA STARBOARD/ GAASTRA/ CURTIS FIN 29 pts 8 8 13
10 FRA-308 FRANCE TERTIAN MARIANNE AHD/AEROTECH/SELECT/NAUTIX/LA VOILE LIBRE 35 pts 13 9 13

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