Baltic NeilPryde Sea Cup 2009

The second race day started as planned with 11 o'clock skipper's meeting. By the first start the wind speed was 4,5 m/s and the competition got started.

The first ones to hit the water were the Raceboards and soon after Formulas went out too.

Due to the wind turning the first start was cancelled. Same time there were also sailing competitions taking place so there was a lot of action happening on the sea.

Martin Ervin (EST-202) who has won all the three competition series of NeilPryde Baltic Cup 2009 won also the first race today. During the second race wind was calming down. Fortunately both Formulas and Raceboards could finish the race. Around four o'clock rain interrupted the competition and ended the day.

Even though there were only two races held the day was emotional, changing weather conditions and gusty wind put competitors skills to the test. After the 2 races for both Formulas and Raceboards the results are as follows:

1.-2. Martin Ervin (EST-202)
1.-2. Toomas Mölder (EST-44)
3. Ansis Dale (LAT-13)

1. Juha Blinnikka (FIN-6)
2. Gunars Rozenbergs (LAT-1)
3. Alvis Ozolins (LAT-20)

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Baltic NeilPryde Cup 2009

The most important windsurfing event on the Baltic Sea - Baltic NeilPryde Cup 2009 final started today with no wind.

Registration for the competition begun on Thursday evening and continued on Friday morning. Many participants arrived already on Thursday to get
the advantage of training before the competition.

Competitors from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia, altogether 87 windsurfers are here to show what they got.

The first start that was planned to kick off at one o'clock was postponed due to the wind speed that did not exceed 1,5 m/s. At two o'clock it looked like the weather conditions will get better as wind was rising to 2m/s. We got our hopes up to get at least the Raceboards on the water but as the wind calmed it did not happen.

Even though the weather was not suitable for windsurfing everybody was enjoying the warm weather. The day was filled with the fun of chilling and sailing with SUP's. It does not matter if the competition is postponed, the after surf & beach party with grill, music and punch of surf loving people rocks always.

Weather forecast for tomorrow is much better with wind speed 4-8m/s that allows us to get the race started.

Olivier Pinlou

France’s Olivier Pinlou leapt to the top of the Raceboard Youth rankings before insisting “I must do better tomorrow” on day four of the IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships.

The 17-year-old from Bohars scored two thirds and a first on his RS:X today (Thursday 27 August) to overtake overnight leader Ali Masters (GBR) and nestle in the top spot with two days of racing remaining at the RYA Events-run Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Pinlou is one of four Frenchmen dominating the top five placings in the Raceboard Division with Britain’s Masters in third the sole challenger to the French supremacy.

But despite having worked his way into pole position, Pinlou felt he could have had an ever better day today.

He said: “I made a lot of mistakes in the last race and I must do better tomorrow. But I was not thinking at the start of the competition that I might come first so I am very happy with my performance so far.

“I am also very pleased that the other French sailors are doing so well, my friend Benoit (Bigot) is second and that is good for the team. Ali Masters is a great competitor and it is always hard racing against him so it should be a good end to the Championships.”

In the Raceboard Masters, five-time Olympian Joao Rodrigues (POR) continues to head the pack with two more second places seeing the Madiera legend extending his lead to eight points from second-placed Barrie Edgington (GBR) with Patrik Pollak (SVK) third.

But Rodrigues’ main threat for the title remains from 1996 Olympic champion Nikos Kaklamanakis who picked his up fifth and sixth race wins of the regatta to move up to fifth with just three more races required before he is able to discard his day one Did Not Compete (DNC) score.

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