2003 Windsurfing Era PWA Formula Racing World Cup Preview
Leba, Poland August 5-10th 2003
The first event of the PWA Formula season is all set to kick off in the
popular holiday resort of Leba on the Polish Baltic coastline. The event
commences on the 5th of August (Registration day) with the first possible
racing on the 6th, running through until the 10th August. The event will
be organized in conjunction with Namaxa agency in Poland and the Polish
Mobile Phone Network ERA.
Situated on the northern coast of Poland, Leba is a renowned for its
summertime crowded beaches and party town atmosphere and is a popular
event venue for Formula racing. Last year over 100 racers battled it out
in front of huge crowds lining the shores of Lebas fantastic beaches. The
courses were set as close to the beach as possible to give the spectators
the best possible show. In the mens division it was Aussie Racer Steve
Allen (Fanatic, Neil Pryde) who took the event victory narrowly ahead of
American sailor Micah Buzianis (Mistral, North) with Polish National hero
Wojtek Brzozowski (Starboard, Neil Pryde) taking third. In the womens
division Dorata Staszewska (Starboard, Gaastra) won convincingly in front
of her home crowds with British sailor Lucy Horwood (Gaastra, AHD) taking
the runner up slot.
This years event will feature all the worlds elite Formula racers
including all the above sailors plus French all rounder Antoine Albeau
(Neil Pryde, AHD), Aussie veteran Phil McGain (Gaastra), Former PWA racing
champion and current Formula Class World Champion, Kevin Pritchard
(Starboard, Gaastra), Canadian race campaigner Sam Ireland (Starboard,
Neil Pryde) and the inform Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Neil Pryde, Starboard) of
The discipline of Formula Racing is governed by the fact sailors may only
register three production sails and one production board at the beginning
of each event. Minimum wind levels required for racing are usually a
consistent 7 knots around the course and racers are capable of competing
when it blows up over 30 knots.
Winds in Leba last year ranged anywhere from 7-20 knots blowing mostly
side onshore from the right. Most starts were held within one hundred
meters of the beach making for some spectacular viewing. This years event
is lining up to be a huge battle with around $40,000 prize money and
valuable ranking points at stake.
Stay tuned to the PWA web site <http://www.pwaworldtour.com< and
<http://www.windsurfingeracup.com for daily reports, pictures and results
as the action unfolds.