- 07 October 2011 | Windsurfing
The NeilPryde Racing Series have hit the waters of the wonderful Baie des Anges, in Nice, invited by Extreme Sailing Series, the 40-foot sport catamarans world tour.
With a first stop over in the prestigious Singapore's marina bay last January, the NeilPryde Racing Series allow windsurfers from all levels, ages and genders (youth, senior, master) to compete together on a new universal one-design windsurf pack: the RS:One.
The Promenade des Anglais's crowd witnessed ferocious battles to gain the 3000 euros prize money despite the difficult wind conditions (0-to-5 knots). Eight qualification races were completed in short, dynamic and easy to understand race courses for the media and public.
The Olympic windsurfing medalist, Faustine Merret, faced an unexpected competition from the local heroes ready to defeat her supremacy.
On Sunday afternoon, just before the last and dramatic Extreme 40 race, the top 9 windsurfers pushed their limits with an incredible and noisy pumping demonstration. With a wind flirting with 0.5 knots, they secured the show to the crowd with an intense windsurfing final.
Eric Belot dominated the master section while his son Clement Belot finished third in the Youth division. Jeanne Dantes achieved an outstanding performance by finishing second in the Youth division, where she fought boys.
In the Seniors fleet, victory went to Nicolas Legal in front of Pierre Loquet and Benjamin Thillier. The master division sees the returns of big windsurfing regatta names such Laurent Rattoti (3rd) and Marc Tonali (2nd).
The collaboration between Extreme Sailing Series and the NeilPryde Racing Series will continue in Singapore next December. In the mean time, the NeilPryde Racing Series will continue its 2011 Tour with stopovers in Miami and Hong-Kong on the 15th and 29th October.