The first event of the Formula Windsurfing World Tour has begun today in Sines, Portugal. With the Northern wind blowing cross-shore, between the 10 and 12 knots, the beach of São Torpes, Sines, became the perfect arena for this competition.

The 2008 Portugal-Sines Windsurfing Grand Prix, which is taking place from the 6th to 10th of May, has brought to this Town the most important sailors from around the globe (9 of the top ten ranked formula racers in the world ) - not only for the prize money, that has reached € 30,000, but for the excellent organisation to which the competitors of these great international events have been used to from the Overpower Club.

Following the skippers meeting run by Race Director, Claudio Alessandrello, every sailor, who felt relaxed while waiting for the wind to show up, was informed of the schedule to develop during the first day of racing. Around 2:00 p.m., Alessandrello, sent all of the Formula Windsurfing sailors to the water, and thanks to the big and sophisticated sails of up to 12 m2, managed to complete the first race of the day, with winds between the 7 and 10 knots.

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Entering day six of competition, the majority of the single elimination had already been completed, leaving only 6 heats to be run in order to declare an official event winner. Following the skippers meeting, the last of round three’s heats got underway in a steady force 4 breeze.

Andre Paskowski (Fanatic, North Sails) put up a stellar fight against his rival, Frenchman Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard, Gun Sails) but failed to provide an answer to Nicolas’s smooth repertoirethat , including a super tech voquech diablo, granting Nicolas passage into the quarter finals.

The first quarter final pitched Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra) against team mate, Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra) and Taty Frans (Starboard, North Sails) against his team mate, Gollito Estredo (Fanatic, North Sails). The steady breeze allowed the riders to throw down their full arsenal of moves. Kiri unleashed his signature kono, but failed to take down an on form Tonky Frans, who was killing all his moves. Gollito took no prisoners as he ended Taty Frans’s campaign with a run including no handed flakas and a burner.

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Regrettably, the PWA, in conjunction with Club Overpower, has been forced to announce the postponement of the Guincho World Cup, previously scheduled for early June.
 
Due to reorganization of the Portuguese Tourism Authorities, it has been impossible for Club Overpower (the event organizers) to get confirmation of the event funding in time for the event to take place in June as had been planned.

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