Windsurfing Era PWA Formula Racing World Cup Day 3
It has been a chill out day here at the Windsurfing Era, PWA 2003, Formula
Racing World Cup. With temperatures hitting the mid eighties and only a
gentle breeze blowing in from the Baltic sailors have been relaxing in the
sun and re charging ready for the final day of official competition tomorrow.
Once again the beach has been swarmed with young Polish spectators who
have come to Leba especially for the event. With no action on the water
the crowds have been soaking up the sun, collecting sailor autographs and
joining in with the beach aerobics, volleyball and various other
activities laid on by Era especially for the competition.
As it stands Andrea Cucchi (Neil Pryde, Starboard) of Italy is sitting in
the number one slot after four races. Yesterday his amazing board speed
around the course gave him two bullets and a fourth place moving him into
pole position on the grid ahead of Devon Boulon (F2) of the Virgin
Islands. American all rounder, Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Starboard) is hot
on their heals in third and with one day remaining the overall race
victory and other podium positions are completely wide open.
ANDREA CUCCHI (Neil Pryde, Starboard)
The nerves are building up for sure, maybe not today but tomorrow the
forecast is good and it looks like we are going to be racing. I would like
there to be no wind tomorrow and then I have won but hopefully I am ready
if it blows.
KEVIN PRITCHARD (Gaastra, Starboard)
I would like to pull off a KP comeback tomorrow. Over the last couple of
years I have become know for pulling a few tricks out of the bag on the
last day and putting the pressure on. I would like the wind to be a little
bit stronger but still in the light wind range. I am hoping that my
consistency will pay off.
In the womens racing the battle is heating up between Dorota Staszewska
(Gaastra, Starboard) and Swiss all rounder Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows).
Yesterday Jaggi won the second race breaking Dorotas un beaten run here in
Leba. Jaggi has returned to the race circuit after a long absence and it
looks like her form is improving with every race. Christine Johnston
(Gaastra, Starboard) of England has also had an excellent regatta and is
currently holding third position.
KARIN JAGGI (F2, Arrows)
I have been going quite well, I have been fast and pointing good upwind
but somehow I am missing putting it all together in the races. It is going
to be very difficult to beat Dorota here tomorrow. I think I may have made
too many mistakes already but overall I am pleased with my sailing since I
have not raced for a while&Ill be back.
Tomorrows forecast is calling for strengthening winds of up to fifteen
knots that could completely turn the tables here in Poland. So far all the
racing has been in light winds and some of the heavier racers are
desperate for fully powered up conditions.
A huge beach party is planned after the closing ceremony tomorrow night
and once the action is over no doubt the competitors will be ready to let
off some steam. Stay tuned to the PWA web site for the final results,
pictures and news from the closing day of action.