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Weatherman fools windsurfers at Slalom World Championships
Posted On:  10/05/2013 11:31:39

Encouraged by the wind forecast for the second day of the Rollei Summer Openings presented by Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge, the many visitors and participants anticipated a spectacular slalom day. In bright sunshine, tens of thousands of windsurfing enthusiasts gathered on the promenade of Westerland. Unfortunately, the wind did not live up to its promise and forced the windsurfing elite again to be on hold.

Around 10:00 clock, whilst the wind was still at its best, the Race Committee prepared for the slalom discipline.  But after the first heat the competitors were sent ashore. Heavy sea fog affected visibility for sailors and racing crew so badly that for security reasons racing had to be stopped, and then the wind fell under the minimum required for slalom.

After a short break to re-organise themselves, the race committee moved to the light wind discipline of racing (Formula Windsurfing).  Equipped with sails up to 12 square meters, the racers gathered at the starting line, only to be thwarted by this fickle wind as the race was abandoned. Thus, the second day of competition saw no contest.

While the 63 participants used the forced break for intensive discussion of interesting subjects such as new equipment and past training sessions,  the numerous visitors, meanwhile, enjoyed the sun and the rich offerings of the food outlets and the shopping district of Westerland Promenade.

The wind and weather forecast for Friday's race day shows wind speeds force 6-7 and thus ideal conditions for the slalom discipline. So then the first rounds of the slalom World Cup can be completed hopefully.

Maybe it's enough for the wave riding discipline? The first race expected to be launched Friday at 10.15.

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