- 05 November 2009 | Kiteboarding
Day three of the competition brought some action in the afternoon, after the race committee relocated the participants to a new venue a few kilometers away with a better angle to the wind.
Racing was started then at 14:00 hours, in very gusty and shifty winds ranging from zero to 25 knots. Still the course was pretty broad and hte gusts usually never long enough to help the competitors over the complete course.
After 90 minutes the wind dropped completely, resulting in several rescue actions. Overall top speed of the day was set by Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Starboard), but unfortunately his speeds of slightly over 33 knots were not enough to validate the race for the windsurfing fleet.
The kiteboarders, with a different scoring system, were able to validate their first leg, with Jason McCaffrey (GBR, Cabrinha) in the lead ahead of Jochen Bock (GER, Flysurfer, B1). Arne Scholten (NED, Ozone) in third. The women's fleet was won by Jemma Grobbelaar (GBR, Flexifoil).
The forecast for tomorrow is promising, and the new spot should work better in the predicted northwest wind. Racing continues until Saturday, and all the remaining days look promising to get results in.