There was not enough wind here yesterday for racing at the Formula Windsurfing Euro Cup taking place on Lake Silvaplana, in Switzerland.
The normal thermal breeze was trying to blow through down the lake by the afternoon, but it had to fight the gradient breeze in completely the opposite direction. Although it did not get strong enough, this bodes well for today because the thermal pattern has been re-established, and we should get plenty of racing action.
There is a fleet of over 90 men here, and 14 women. A notable exception in the men is that Wojtek Brzozowki (POL) although on the pre-entry list is not here.
The location is stunning with pine trees rising high on either side of the lake, and a bright clear blue sky behind the snow capped mountains in the distance. The air is thinner here because of the altitude, and the difference in temperature from the sunshine of the day to the night is huge, something those who are camping will notice in particular!
It's also exceptionally good for spectators with the start and finish line just off the beach, and many are expected to come again today to Silvaplana in anticipation of some exciting racing action.