Windsurfing Euro-Cup Cagliari:

A strong fleet, a perfect venue but no wind on the first day.

A strong fleet of 65 racers found its way to the Windsurfing Euro-Cup Cagliari

on the lovely island of Sardinia (Italy). All the top racers of the World came

to the beautiful city in the south of the Mediteranean island.

Most experts are awaiting a fight between the current leader of the Windsurfing

Euro-Cup Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) and his opponent Wojtek Brzozowski

(POL-10, Starboard, Neil Pryde). But there are several who have the potential

to beat them and who are hungry to fire themselves up to the podium.

Cagliari is a perfect venue for Windsurfing and especially the discipline Racing.

The high temperatures of air and water make wetsuites obsolete for most of the

times. The incredible soft and white sand create the necessary beach atmosphere

and provides the best possible tribunes for the spectators. The sea has a unique

green colour which makes the pictures delivered from here unforgettable. Finally

Cagliari is normally very reliable to provide nice consistent wind for racing.

Unfortunately we were missing this usual consistency on the first day of the

Windsurfing Euro-Cup Cagliari. In the morning the wind followed the forecast

and blew with over 15 knots offshore from northwest. But during the last stages

of the inscription it gradually slowed down and when the first races were supposed

to start at 13:00 it died completely. This was caused by the thermical effects

working against the Mistral wind. Due to the powerful sun and the heat the wind

switched the direction by 180 degrees to accelerate again from the onshore southern

direction.

It picked up and finally the race director Claudio Alessandrello was able to

start. But unfortunately the wind was not consistent enough and dropped again

so that the race had to be abandoned again. Bad luck for Wojtek Brzozowski (POL-10,

Starboard, Neil Pryde) who was leading at that moment. But also for the young

Italian hotshot Alberto Menegatti (ITA-456, Starboard, YES Sails) who was able

to demonstrate the potential of the new YES Sails prototype.

As the conditions remained unstable the competitors were sent ashore. The wind

didn’t pick up again so at 18:00 AP over A was raised and the competition

was cancelled for today. All the racers enjoyed the perfect atmosphere and the

great Italian hospitality at the famous pasta party in the Windsurfing Club

Cagliari.

The forecast is predicting light wind for the coming days but the strong thermical

effects might cause a completely different situation at Poetto Beach in the

Bay of Cagliari. The Skippers Meeting is set for 10:00 on Friday with the first

possible start at 11:00. We all hope for great racing action.

You can find more information, results, pictures etc. and follow the competitions

online on the official Website of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup www.euro-cup.org

and on the FW Class Website www.formulawindsurfing.org .