Formula Windsurfing: windsurfers chasing the finish line

A near perfect score today - 3 first and 1 second - propelled Antoine Albeau (FRA192) to the top of the score board.

Clear skies over the lake this morning was a good sign that steady and reliable thermic winds would follow after midday.

Overnight leader Steve Allen (AUS0) will not be so happy, although he was never out of the top 10 in todays races.

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FW Worlds in Mendoza, Argentina: 'this sail is heavy...'

You cannot fault the commitment of the organisers for trying to ensure a perfect start to the championship; but sometimes the wind god just cannot play by the rules!

For once the wind did not come in as expected and the Race Director, Antonio Lamadrid, had no choice but to postpone the start of racing. When the wind kicked in it was not the normal steady build up - the first race had to be abandoned and racers given the opportunity to come to shore and change down their sails.

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Mendoza: ready to welcome the windsurfing pros

The Top Ten racers in the current Formula Windsurfing World Ranking have confirmed their entries to the 2010 World Championships.

The event which takes place from 21st to 28th March is hosted by the Federacion Argentina de Windsurf (FAW) on Lake Potrerillos, near Mendoza City, Argentina.

This is a stunning location with the beautiful Andes mountains as a back drop. The water is clear and fresh - you can drink straight from the lake!

In the men's division 4 previous and current world champions are already there preparing and training - Wojtek Brzozowski, Poland (2008 champion/2009 vice champion) and Steve Allen, Australia (2009 champion) will be challenged by Micah Buzianis, USA, and Antoine Albeau, France, who are both returning to formula after a year's absence.

In the women's fleet current champion Marta Hlavaty, Poland, will be fighting to hold off the challenge of younger, but talented, racers such as Morane Demont, France.