The first day of competition kicked off with the registration of the mammoth men’s and women’s slalom fleets. A whopping total of 66 men and 21 women registered, making one of the biggest slalom fleets to compete in a PWA event in the last eight years. 

While conditions on day one stayed too light to compete, most of the sailors took the time out to tweak and tune their gear in preparation for the arrival of the wind, which was forecast for the forthcoming days.

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The Neil Pryde Slalom was the first Maui Race Series slalom events for the season and as usual the trade winds kicked in enough to get the racing off as scheduled this past Saturday.

In the Pro division it was MauiSails own Phil McGain who took charge early with a win in the first heat. Using his TR4 7.0 McGain had an excellent start in the second heat but followed Peter Slate around the course, later to find out Peter started prematurely and was disqualified from the heat. Heat three McGain again made no mistakes and took the win, thus giving him first place in the Pro division before the final heat was started.

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With 63 competitors from Europe and the Americas, the second leg of the Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix, held in Sopot Poland from June 4th-7th was regarded by all as "a great success".
 
The host club - SKZ Hestia located on the beach front town of Sopot on the Baltic Sea - organized a superb regatta with 8 races over 4 days.

Generally, racers found themselves confronted with light winds and a steep chop for close racing held in front of the Sopot Pier.
Steve Allen, AUS-0, from Australia walked away as the winner closely trailed by ARG-3 Gonzalo Costa Hoevel in 2nd and DEN-111 Jesper Vesterstrom in 3rd.

Debuting in its 2nd event this season, womens winner, AUS 911- Allision Shreeve showcased the proposed Formula One Design concept. The new class is being proposed as an alternate to the hybrid RSX class for the 2012 Olympics.

Source: Formula Windsurfing Class