Surprise victory:

Italian Youngster Alberto Menegatti leads after the second day

On the second day of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup in Cagliari the wind provided

perfect racing conditions for the racers in the Bay of Poetto Beach Sardinia.

The sunshine heated up the land around Cagliari and the thermic induced a nice

southern breeze of up the 15 knots. At 13:30 the race was started.

The Italian Youngster Alberto Menegatti (ITA-456, Starboard, YES Sails) had

a killer port tack start and managed to lead the fleet on the upwind. He was

the first to round the upwind mark in front of the Polish hotshot Michal Polanowski

(POL-16, Starboard, Neil Pryde), Aleks Grynis (POL-86, Starboard, Neil Pryde)

and the current leader of the Euro-Cup Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde)

from Australia.

The positions didn’t change on the first downwind. But on the second upwind

Wojtek managed to pass Michal and Aleks to move on the second position. But

Alberto was fully fired up and made the best out of his good start and first

round. He was definitely the fastest guy in this race and rightfully took the

victory today. The Italians got incredible enthusiastic over the victory of

their young talent.

Wojtek Brzozowski finished on the second place in front of Aleks Grynis who

managed to slip past Michal Polanowski on the last lap. Italians number one

Andrea Cucchi (ITA-1, Starboard, Neil Pryde) presented again his great performance

with a 5th place in front of the three top riders of the Fanatic team: Ben van

der Steen (NED-57, Fanatic, Neil Pryde), Roy van Koolwijk (NED-97, Fanatic,

Neil Pryde) and the Euro-Cup Champion 2002 Steve Allen who lost several places

on the second lap. Ross Williams (GBR-83, Starboard, Gaastra) and Jakub Gudzek

(POL-41) completed the top-10 in the men’s fleet.

In the women’s fleet the favourite Dorota Staszewska (POL-1, Starboard,

Gaastra) took advantage out of the absence of her main opponents Christine Becker,

Christine Johnston and Lucy Horwood and managed a clear start-finish victory.

The Italian hero Verena Fauster (ITA-31, Starboard, Gaastra) was able to win

the second place in front of Margit Germany (AUT-88, Starboard, Gaastra). The

Cagliari local Simona Ferrari (ITA-559, Starboard, Gaastra) was able to defeat

Katarina Urbanija (SLO-24, Starboard, Gaastra).

After this race the wind dropped down again so that no more competitions were

possible today. We hope for some more races on the final day on Saturday. Competitions

can be run over the whole day. The prize giving will be in the evening at the

big beach party at Poetto Beach here in Cagliari.

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 .