South American Windsurfing Championships

A very hot day at the Potrerillos lake, temperature soared and a big crowd of people came down for the last day of the event, especially since today was a holiday in town.

There was a long protest hearing during the morning due to the drop of wind on the second race of yesterday (sixth race). I think some sailors where asking for an average points for getting stuck with no wind which altered the race a lot. The Protest comittee decided to invalidate the sixth race…

The wind came in around 1pm and we set out for one race with around 12-15 knots. Pin end favored Gonzalo started right there with myself just behind and Paulao close. Paulo was a bit behind when he tacked and got a good shift on the right side of the course, Gonza and I tacked a few times to stay on the shifts, but it was Paulao that rounded in first the upwind mark followed by Gonzalo who went to jibe right at the mark but hit his boom on the mark trying to clear a raceboard racer, and with this his sail fell in the water, I was close and sneaked in second.

On the downwind mark I rounded in first and kept the lead until the end, Paulo was in second, but Gonzalo overtook him on the last downwind slalom to the finish as Paulao got a light wind spot and Gonzalo came flying down on a gust to take second and Paulo third, Marcos Murgio finished in fourth with Marcos Galvan in fifth.

We went for a second race, I was leading this race until the last slalom course to the finish, then the wind just stopped, Gonza came on a gust and overtook me, he was going to win the race, but it was canceled as the light spot was on a big area of the course and everyone was just floating around.

So this was it for the South Americans. I have to run to the airport to catch my flight.

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International Funboard Class 

The IFCA championship calendar for 2009 is complete. The final Notice of Race for this year's series of major championship events has been published today - the Junior, Youth & Master Slalom European Championship. This event takes place from 11th to 16th August at Schoenberger Strand, Kiel, Germany.

The IFCA management committee have focused on developing young talent in all disciplines, without conceding the importance of their showpiece championship, ie the Slalom World Championship.

Full details of all events can be found on the IFCA website - here are quick links to each event's NoR:

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2009 South American Windsurfing Championships

Weather forecast showed cloudy and light wind today, but in lake Potrerillos, any thing can happen. As we headed from Mendoza to lake Potrerillos, we could see no clouds which is a good sign. When we arrived, light winds started to build in from the correct direction, soon a 10 to 16 knot breeze filled in and everyone started to get ready.

Techno class and raceboard had their skippers meeting at 11am, one hour afterwards we had ours for Formula. The course was; start - upwind mark - downwind mark - upwind mark - and a small reach with a 2 jibe mark (slalom like) to the finish.
Most of the Formula sailors went out with 11s, the start line was set perfectly with good length as well for the the 50 formula sailors.

First start got under way around 1:40 pm and everyone on Starboard tack. Sergio Mehl ARG 21, Rodrigo Costa ARG 13 had a good start close to the pin end followed by Paulo dos Reis BRA 3333 and Mathias Pinheiro BRA 5, I (Wilhelm Schurmann) BRA999 started in the middle of the line with Carlos Issac BRA 768 and Gonzalo closer to the boat, these where the people I could Identify at the time of the start.

Going for the first upwind, everyone was close together, at the top mark I rounded in first with Paulao and Gonzalo just behind than came Carlos Issac, Sergio Mehl, Mathias Pinheiro, Rodrigo Costa and Mateus Issac BRA 767 who at the age of 15 surprised everyone with his speed here.

On the downwind, everyone jibed early, Gonzalo kept going to the other side which did not pay off, I rounded the bottom mark, followed by Paulo dos Reis and Gonzalo.

Going for the last upwind, we all came close to each other on the top mark, I rounded in first and maintained the lead on the small two jibe slalom course to the finish to take the bullet, Paulo dos Reis came second followed by Gonzalo, Mathias, Carlos Issac, Rodrigo Costa, Mateus Issac, Raul Saubidet, Marcus Murgio and Marcos Galvan closing the top 10.

Going back to shore I was impressed on how many people came to the lake to watch the event, the lake, which is actually a dam, serves water to the hole town of Mendoza, the water is so clean, that you can actually drink it, everyone does, the waters come from the Cordilheiras dos Andes, and we are just at the East side of it, on the west of it is Santigo Chile and the highest peak in between is the mountain of Aconcagua which is 6962 meters. This makes it not only the highest peak of the Andes and South America, but in fact the highest point outside of Asia.

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