The raceboard world championships have just kicked off in Sopot, Poland, with the top race board competitors from around the world gathering to do battle over a week of racing. Representing the UK we have Louis Morris and Lewis Barnes who we are sure will both do us proud! Louis Morris will be keeping us up to date throughout the competition with regular updates, here's the first from day one of racing.
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Day 2 from the Raceboard World Championships - report from Louis Morris.
The wind on day 2 was a similar direction to yesterday, but much lighter. However, three more races were completed. Maksymilian Wojcik continued his incredible form from yesterday to win all of the races, but not without a fight from Piotr Nowacki in race 5, and Louis Morris in race 6. Daniel Blinnikka now occupies 3rd place after a super consistent performance (4th position in each race) today, 13 points behind Piotr in 2nd.
Patrik Pollack is making his way further up the leaderboard after some solid results today and is currently first master in 6th.
In the womens fleet, Latvian Ilona Grinberga continued to excel, with two race wins, but Alekksandra Blinnikka was never far behind, and won the final race. With several days left, first place is still within her reach.
Louis Morris GBR 730 had a good day and has jumped from 9th to 4th place, just one point off the podium, and one point ahead of Jan Maszkiewicz in 5th. The racing was again really close, and those who got the start wrong, or who couldn't keep speed through the swell and chop suffered.
Lewis Barnes GBR 895 dropped back a few places today in 32nd, but the top 30 is still well within his reach.
The wind tomorrow looks either the same strength, or stronger as today, depending on what forecast you look at, but with it swinging more offshore/cross-shore, it is likely to be much gustier and shiftier, so it will be interesting to see who can get their tactics right!
Day 1 from the Raceboard World Championships - report from Louis Morris.
Very tight results after 3 races with just 4 points separating 4th-9th. The wind was onshore and clean, building throughout the afternoon, 8-15 knots.
Last year's Vice World Champion, Maksymilian Wojcik POL 7 showed faultless starts and brilliant speed to win all 3 races, with Piotr Nowacki POL 17 taking 3rd in every race. Juha Blinnikka of Finland had impressive speed in the stronger races, and rounds off the top 3. Petr Kucera, Daniel Blinnikka, Fabian Grundman also showed great performance, but finding standouts was hard because everyone was really close and positions were changing a lot.
Ilona Grinberger for Latvia won all three races in the womens fleet with Alekksandra Blinnikka of Finland close behind.
The British contingent had a pretty decent day:
Louis Morris currently in 9th with an 11th, 4th, 8th.
Lewis Barnes in 26th with 25th, 26th, 30th.