- 18 January 2012 | Windsurfing
Wilhelm Schurmann won the IV Buzios International Regatta, held in Buzios, Brazil. Up to fifty sailors from Spain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Greece, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil took part in the windsurfing event.
It was also competition time for the 2012 Brazilian Slalom Nationals, RS:X South American Championships, Techno 293 South American Championships, Raceboard South American Championships and the King of Buzios Grand Prix long distance race.
The first day the wind was lighter around 12-to-15 knots and with a bit of rain and cloudy skies, by the second day, the wind started picking up more and the clouds started going away and the sun started to show its face.
By the third day onwards, normal sunny Buzios conditions prevailed and everyone had great action on the slalom with solid 15-to-25 knots, with some gusts up to 30 knots, at some stage.
The course was a short 4 jibe slalom with plenty of action at the first mark which was set just meters of the beach. For the spectators, it couldn't have been any better, and at every heat, the crowd went wild as the sailors jibed around the buoys, some even started betting on sailors.
After 18 rounds and five days in the Slalom category, Wilhelm Schurmann came out in first of the 2012 Brazilian Slalom Nationals, winning 12 finals ahead of Alex Guyader, who won six rounds and showed very good speed.
Third place went to Brazil's top RS:X sailor Ricardo Winick who beat Ivan Pastor. In the Women's division, Canada's Nikola Girke took the win with a commanding lead over Moana Belle, from Germany, and Marina Alabau.
In the Youth men, Jose Martins was the winner with Andreza Rebello taking the Women's division. The last day was reserved for the long distance race - the King of Buzios Grand Prix. On the way back to Manguinhos, the wind filled in nicely and Schurmann sailed to win in just under two hours and take his third title, followed by Ivan Pastor, who had an incredible comeback and was the top RS:X sailor, ahead of Alex Guyader.
In the Women's, the new Queen of Buzios is Moana Belle who had an incredible race. Second was Nikola Girke and in third Bruna Mello, from Brazil.