Prayers for wind remain unanswered.
Day 4 of the Jever World Cup produced another day of waiting for the wind to materialise. The promise of wind and waves will have to wait another day, with local forecasters giving Southerly 20 knots for tomorrow.
The main action at the beach seems to have switched to the beer tent, sponsored by Jever beer. Every night has seen some form of party theme, unfortunately the sailors have not been able to participate as with the continued promise of strong winds they have been in bed early in anticipation of a full day on the water.
All the top names in windsurfing have made the trip to Germany. In total there are five current or previous world champions at Sylt, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Pryde), Kevin Pritchard (Bic, Gaastra), Jason Polakow (JP, Pryde), Nik Baker (Mistral, North) and Antoine Albeau (AHD, Pryde). All of these sailors are desperate for a good result here in Sylt. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Pryde) is currently leading the wave rankings and is favourite to take the World Title. One guy who should never be ruled out until the last hour is Kevin Pritchard (Bic, Gaastra) who has shown in the past that he can take the pressure of a title race, even against a twelve time World Champion. Jason Polakow (JP, Pryde) is focussed on getting a top result here in Sylt, Jason has had a relatively poor start to the year, having missed the first event through injury and not performing to his full potential in Pozo, in Gran Canaria. Recently he has enrolled the services of Scot Sanchez and joined Team MPG joining the likes of Levi Siver (F2, North) and Francisco Goya (Fanatic, Arrows) both absent in Sylt due to travel difficulties..
The other battle for places is amongst the competitors who are vying for an elusive top ten finish in the end of year rankings. A top ten finish is vital in obtaining a lucrative sponsership contract for the next year and also means gaining better seeding in contests against lower ranked sailors.
The draw has been made for the opening single elimination ladder, there are a few noticeable potential title deciding heats in the second round of the ladder. If Matt Pritchard (AHD, Pryde) beats Lars Peterson (Mistral, Pryde) in the first round, then he will meet Vidar Jensen (North) the current number two in the wave rankings. If Matt wins he will not only move up the rankings but also help his brother Kevin who is currently ranked just behind Vidar in third.
Once again the day ends with no competition being completed but with five days left to go in the event there is plenty of time for the wind to kick in.