Under the alliance of Baltic Sea countries Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Russia, the Baltic Cup was staged for the first time in 2008. This year the three events that took place where Liepaja, Sopot and Tallinn.
The classes that participated in the Cup were the Bic Techno 293 (juniors) and the RS:X 8,5m2 (Youth) and the aim was to give young racers the opportunity to gain more international experience at the lowest possible cost.
98 different competitors from 6 countries competed in the events. Sopot saw as many as 81 windsurfers, whereas Liepaja 39 and Tallinn 44.
Techno293 6.8 class had 29 sailors (16 boys, 13 girls), Techno293 7.8 class – 43 sailors (27 boys, 16 girls) and the RS:X youth class – 26 competitors (14 boys, 12 girls). During the regattas there were senior RS:X races staged both in Sopot and Tallinn.
The first edition of the Baltic Sea Cup has proven to be a great success, the level of competition being very high and young windsurfers competing to the very last race for the overall Baltic Sea Cup victory. Next year the Baltic Sea Cup will be staged in Liepaja (LAT), Warnemuende (GER) and St. Petersburg (RUS). This event has raised the level of competition in all participating countries, next year’s three stages will allow even more windsurfers to compete at international level.
The overall cups for this year’s winners were given to sailors last Sunday in Tallinn. The RS:X sailors, who came up on top in all three regattas are:
RS:X youth boys
1. Kaspar Aasa (EST) 57p
2. Mateusz Hoppe (POL) 44p
3. Piotr Nowacki (POL) 37p
RS:X youth girls
1. Anika Valkna (EST) 55p
2. Ingrid Puusta (EST) 50p
3. Johanna Eller (EST) 42p
SOURCE: RS:X Class