Puck in Poland is a city that is known for sailing for decades. It is also a special place for windsurfing, well known to local competitors, but it also hosts international events since the class Lechner. This year hosted the first Formula Windsurfing World Championship Foil.
Each race and’ been central and the results are changed frequently while windsurfer PWA World Tour professionals competed against the champions of Formula Windsurfing and Olympic medals. Were Maciej Rutkowski (FMX Racing, Challenger Sails, Quiksilver, Easy SurfShop, Ustka na fali) from Poland and Steve Allen (Patrik, Severne Sails) from Australia, who fought until the final race with Australian that claimed the title.
Although naturally disappointed not to have come first, Rutkowski has settled for competition level between him and Allen: “a point made the difference between being the world champion or not. Un po’ more wind in the race and I won the event, so great races, I like it, my equipment is set up very well, If I were more calm and focused from the outset the result could have been different, I overreacted in the first part of the event, my mistakes were key, I made too many mistakes to become a world champion, I just have to navigate intelligently “.
Allen, on the other hand, was pleased with the result: “This is the first time we played until 21 races for a single discipline in an event. It's amazing how many chances. You can't do everything well in all these races, But mistakes are the key, Sometimes you let them slip mentally and I was happy to be back when it counted. I have taken the initiative, then I lost it, I took the lead and I lost it. What matters is to be at the top. We have lots of scraps, so I didn't care much about my races where I was sixth, but as the event went on, I made some stupid mistakes and I thought I should take care of any race and in the end it worked out well and I am very happy. I was so close to the world titles from 2009 and I didn't take anything up to 2018, When I won at the Formula Windsurfing Worlds and now with foil: win the first official title gives me strength to continue my career a little’ longer”.
The spot offered some exceptional races, most of which have well over 20 knots of Breeze.
Some of the younger competitors had never competed in stronger breezes and rarely compete in 30 nodes in the youth classes, but Puck was a daily reality.
Before the event, for the original claim foil covered security: It will be safe in a fleet of almost 60 competitors? The difference between skill and equipment will be a problem? When the wind is too strong to run?
All these questions are answered in the. The foiling passed the test. You can easily tell that, If and’ accessible on the fin, You can also do on foil.
Final results on the website of the event: www.foilworlds2019.formulawindsurfing.org
source: Formula Windsurfing / Sailing.org
photo: Rafał Czepułkowski
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