On the final day of the South American Slalom Championships the racing started with 17/18 knots, it kept going up, and at the end they had 25 to 28 knots.
They did 7 races until the guys could go no more! The girls completed 3 races.
In the men's third race of the day Gabriel Browne did a big capsize and broke the boom, came onshore and missed the next race; but he went back out to complete final races to win overall!
Buzios lived up to expectations with wind everyday; great prize giving! lots of kids and old timers, beer and Brasilian shrimp pasties.
Top 5 (see prize giving photo)
1) Gabriel Browne (BRA)
2) Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA)
3) Juan Marino (VEN)
4) Alexandre Guyader (FRA)
5) Ricardo Santos (BRA)
1) Woman - Monica Veras
Buzios Vela Clube's photostream
Competitors from 7 nations converged on Buzios, Brasil, for the 3rd edition of the annual Buzios International Regatta.
The event, which runs from 7th to 12th of February, includes the Brasilian Championships in 3 classes - RSX, Formula and Techno293 - but also the South American IFCA Slalom Championships.
The venue is blessed with good winds - which enabled the organisers to schedule course racing in the morning and early afternoon, followed by slalom racing as the wind strengthened later in the day.
On Day 1 Browne and Schurmann had a win apiece, and Ivan Pastor and Luca Pascolato matched each other with a 3rd and 5th. Ricardo Santos was consistent with 2 4th places putting him in fifth position.
Brazilian Monica Veras took the first win but Great Britain's Bryony Shaw headed the women's fleet at the end of the day, a fraction of a point ahead of Brazilian Patricia Castro who took two second places with Veras, failing to score the second race, in third position overall.
On Day 2 Browne stamped his authority at the top of the leaderboard with three wins putting Schurmann firmly in second place. Frenchman Alexandre Guyader joined the competition and moved straight up to third place.
Monica Veras took control with two wins knocking Shaw down to second place.
At sunrise on Day 3 the wind was blowing 18 knots, northeast as it had done for the past 4 weeks, but it dropped quickly to about 10/12 knot by 9:30h. Techno, RS:X and Formula had good light wind races but there was definitely not enough wind for the Slalom.