Wojtek Brzozowski dominates Euro-Cup Portimão
8 May 2005.
Wojtek Brzozowski (POL-10, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from Poland dominated the
kick-off event of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup 2005 in Portimão (Portugal). He
won three of the five races and finished on the top of the podium with 6,1
points. The second place went to Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3, F2, Neil
Pryde) from Argentina in front of Ross Williams (GBR-83, Starboard, Gaastra)
from Great Britain. The three have been fighting against a fleet of 36 of
the best competitors of the World.
On the first day the wind didn’t get strong and consistent enough for
competition. But on the second day the racing went off. Wojtek Brzozowski,
the Formula Windsurfing World Champion of 2000, had a perfect start into the
regatta and dominated the first race in front of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel from
Argentina. A big surprise was Davide Beverino (ITA-3, Starboard, Neil Pryde)
from Italy who just entered the Euro-Cup in the last year and already
managed to reach a place on the podium in this race. The Portuguese FW
Champion Miguel Martinho (POR-5, Starboard, Neil Pryde) took advantage of
his knowledge as local and got third in front of his team mate and Italian
Champion Andrea Cucchi (ITA-1, Starboard, Neil Pryde). Przemek Miarczynski
(POL-126, F2, Windwing) completed the top-5 in this race.
The next race was started back to back. This time the Italian hotshot Davide
Beverino managed the incredible and won the race in front of the Portuguese
local Miguel Martinho. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel got third in front of Wilhelm
Schurmann (BRA-999, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from Brasil and the Formula
Windsurfing World Champion 2003 Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde)
Again the racers were kept on the water. In the next race Ross Williams was
able to dominate in front of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel. This time Keith Atkinson
surprised his opponents and the experts with a third place which is his
first top-10 position in the Windsurfing Euro-Cup. Wojtek Brzozowski managed
to defend the fourth position against Davide Beverino.
Without a break the fourth race was started. It was fully dominated by
Wojtek Brzozowski. Ross Williams followed in the second place with Miguel
Martinho and Michal Polanowski (POL-16, Starboard, Severne Sails) on his
heals. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel completed the top-5.
So Wojtek Brzozowski had a comfortable lead after the second day of the
event. But he continued his domination on the third day with a victory in
the only race of the day. Again he took advantage of a perfect start and won
the race in front of his Polish team mate Michael Polanowski. The Italian
Champion Andrea Cucchi (ITA-1, Starboard, Neil Pryde) returned to his usual
strength and got third in front of Ross Williams and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel.
At the end the Formula Windsurfing World Champion of 2000, Wojtek Brzozowski
has dominated the event with three victories and a total of 6,1 points. On
the second position followed Gonzalo Costa Hoevel from Argentina. He didn’t
win a race but his solid performance granted him 12,0 points which ensured
his place on the podium. Only 0,7 points behind we find Ross Williams with
one race victory and a total of 12,7 points in front of Michal Polanowski
with 22,0 points who moved up several positions due to his second place in
the last race. The top-5 is completed by Davide Beverino (ITA-3, Starboard,
Neil Pryde) with 22,7 points who lost a place today but still can be proud
about his best Windsurfing Euro-Cup result so far. The Portuguese Formula
Windsurfing Champion Miguel Martinho achieved a great 6th place and was the
best Portuguese competitor in the fleet.
The next event of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup takes place in Rhodes (Greece)
from June 5th to 12th with the Formula Windsurfing European Championships
2005. Then the Worlds best windsurfers will fight again for points in the
most important Racing and Slalom series.