Formula Windsurfing: wind never gives up

Clear skies over Lake Potrerillos once again greeted the competitors arriving at the event site - a sure sign that the wind would kick in at midday!

With 3 days left for the championship it was decided to schedule 3 races for today. Although race 10 did not go according to plan, only a 4th place finish, Antoine Albeau (FRA192) brought his campaign back on track with 2 wins in races 11 & 12.

The star sailor of the day must be Paulo Dos Reis (BRA3333), with 7 points from 3 races he was by far the most consistent racer amongst the chasing pack hoping for a podium position.

Casper Bouman (NED52) had the worst luck - a broken footstrap terminated his challenge in the last race of the day. Ross Williams (GBR83), Pawel Hlavaty (POL11), and reigning champion Steve Allen (AUS0) will all need to put in improved performances in the final 3 races of these championships to step up to the podium on saturday afternoon.

Marta Hlavaty (POL111) sealed her challenge to retain the womens title with 3 wins today.

Formula Windsurfing in Mendoza: spectators are crazy for windsurfing

The governor of Mendoza must have declared a national holiday judging by the number of spectators that arrived at the event site to watch the action days!

Cars lined the roads surrounding the lake, and every vantage point attracted a group of spectators. There was a festival atmosphere around the event site - and to round off the days festivities a Miss Bikini contest.

Today's "star" rider was Casper Bouman (NED52) with a 4th in race seven and 2 bullets in races eight & nine. Championship leader Antoine Albeau (FRA192) still holds an impressive lead after another consistent days racing, but Paulo Dos Reis (BRA3333) will be regretting his OCS in race 8, slipping down the overall ranking by one place and making way for Casper to move into 3rd.

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Evi Tsape: frightening injury

After sailing in plenty of frustrating conditions throughout the winter, top women's wave sailor, Evi Tsape (F2, North), headed out in the Corinthian Gulf on 6th March to enjoy a good day of North Westerly wind. However, after less than an hour on the water she was in hospital.

She hasn't told us exactly how it happened, but what we do know is that she ended up with a C2 spinal fracture, which is more commonly known as a 'hangman's fracture' due to it replicating the cracks which occur if you get hanged with a rope!

Not only was she lucky enough to get back in, but she also tells us that due to her good physical shape, there was no damage to her spinal cord, and all things going well, she should make a full recovery.

Tsape is out of hospital now and lying at home, trying to stay as still as possible. For her full story, log on to her website.