Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal)

Final Report

Kevin Pritchard wins the EC Porto Santo/Madeira

Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal), 06 April 2003. After four days the first Windsurfing

Euro-Cup of the season finally comes to an end. At 14:30 the race committee

raised “AP” over “A” and closed the regatta.

The competitors experienced great days on the island. Two days were dominated

by hard racings in the Bay of Porto Santo in front of the Hotel Vila Baleira

which served as base for the event. The other days gave the competitors a chance

to relax and to explore the beauty of the island. A total of seven races was

sailed which gave the racers a chance to discard their two worst results.

FW World Champion Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard, Gaastra) was finally able

to win the regatta. The US American lead the competition right from the first

race and managed to win four out of seven races. He also scored one third and

one fifth place and could even afford the brake of his fin in the final race

without loosing his first position. So he ensured his victory with a total of

5,8 points.

On the second place followed the light wind expert Arnon Dagan (ISR-1, Fanatic,

Neil Pryde). After an average start he got stronger and stronger and was finally

able to win two races. The Israeli added three third places, a fourth and a

fifth to ensure a safe second place in the ranking with 7,4 points.

On the fourth place followed Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde). The

Australian didn’t win a race but presented a very consistent performance

with three second places, two thirds and two fourth. This summed up to 12,0

points which ensured his third Place in Porto Santo.

Position four was won by Ramses Landman (NED-72, F2, Neil Pryde). The Dutch

Racer was able to win one race. With 16,7 points he was ahead of Ben van der

Steen (NED-57, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) who accumulated 22,0 points.

In the Manufacturers Ranking (Boards) Fanatic was able to enjoy the outcome

of their great efforts and investments into the Racing. With a total of 353

points won by Arnon Dagan, Steve Allen and Ben van der Steen they dominated

the ranking in front of Starboard who won 349 points. 50 percent of the competitors

were using Starboard. But it was obvious that the brand was missing some of

their top Racers although Kevin Pritchard scored maximum points and Joao Rodrigues

and Brian Rögild presented a good performance. On the third place followed

F2 who celebrates the return in the top brands in competitive racing.

The Manufacturers Ranking (Sails) was dominated by Neil Pryde with a total

of 354 points won by Arnon Dagan, Steve Allen and Ramses Landman. On the second

place followed Gaastra with 349 points (Kevin Pritchard, Brian Roegild, Brono

Bertholo). The third position was won by YES Sails.

The Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal) was a perfect starter

into the EC season 2003. The competitors had a lot of fun an presented a spectacular

show for the media and the spectators. Thousands of people followed the competition

online. Mostly over the official EC Website www.euro-cup.org and the FW Class

Website www.formulawindsurfing.org. But many other pages covered the event additionally.

The national press has been enthusiastic and several international Magazines

will report over the Euro-Cup event in Porto Santo.

The next stop of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup will be in Malcesine/Lake Garda (Italy).

From 26th to 30th of April the best Windsurfers of the World will fight again

for prize money and ranking points in the most important competition series

in the racing scene.

You can find detailed information, reports, pictures, and the results on the

official Windsurfing Euro-Cup Website www.euro-cup.org .