3rd and last racing day
Saturday did bring warm weather and beautiful sunshine. Unfortunately the wind conditions were not enough to start any more races. Race committee and organizers send special thanks to all competitors for their good sportsmanship and willingess to race; the AP flag was lowered twice and everyone sailed out even though the wind dropped almost instantly.
The organizers found a conflict between NoR, SI and European Cup rules regarding the amount of required races. After discussing with every competitor the Race Committee got no protests and could declare the event successfully completed.
The leader of Formula Windsurfing Ranking, Janis Preiss (LAT-23) took 1st place in division Overall with his unbeatable racing skills. He was also the fastest in division Masters.
Estonian riders were also too fast to their Finnish colleagues. John Kaju (EST-24) finished in second place and Peeter Kask (EST-12) finished third in division Overall. Joel Grönqvist (FIN-2) was the fastest Finnish rider finishing 4th in division Overall, followed by Jon Törwall (FIN-66) who was also second in division Masters.
Karl-Erik Saarm (EST-228) won division Youth by placing himself in the 6th position in division Overall. Maija Hakala (FIN-30) was the first in division Women, with 16th place in division Overall.
The organizers thank everyone for coming to Kalajoki and making this event possible. Have good winds in coming European Cup and other challenges!
2nd racing day
Friday showed lots of waiting as everyone were expecting the forecasted wind to come. At 1pm the AP flag was finally lowered but as the riders started sailing towards racing area the wind dropped again.
Every now and then the wind showed up in narrow lanes for some minutes and served some riders good moments on water. However it was not enough for a whole start and the day ended without any races.
Saturday’s forecast promises lower temperatures and rain but also some wind (7 to 11 knots) for morning and early afternoon. Expectations are high and race committee will do their best to get the riders back on racetrack!
1st racing day
21 Formula riders found their ways to European Cup event in the best windsurfing beach of Finland. Even though organizers were a bit disappointed of the low number of participants, it was great to get riders from Estonia and Latvia to challenge their Finnish fellow surfers!
Weather acted the way it was supposed to – very warm and sunny day raised some sea breeze in late afternoon and the first racing day served us two full starts.
It was very tight in the lead as Estonian riders John Kaju (EST-24) and Peeter Kask (EST-12) were chasing the Formula ranking leader Janis Preiss (LAT-23), boards almost touching each other on the finishing line.
See the results after the first racing day here