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2 eliminations completed at Latvia Grand Prix
Posted On:  15/08/2013 06:36:03

Racing continued at the 2013 Formula European Championships and IFCA Slalom Grand Prix at Liepaja - but it was to be a change of racing discipline.

Despite an attempt to start 'formula' racing at 1100 the wind was just too light, and straight onshore, to enable the big boards and sails to get off the beach. Over night the onshore breeze made sure there were plenty of waves to greet the sailors as they arrived at the beach, it was always going to be a difficult day for formula. After several squalls the wind eventually swung a little more sideshore and after a long postponement it was decided to try again. But, as the race committee returned to station, the wind picked up significantly averaging 18 knots with gusts of 25. It was decided to switch to slalom and release the formula sailors for the day. Of course everyone stayed to watch the action and enjoy some excellent slalom racing.

Heat board and course diagram had already been prepared earlier in the morning - two heats of 12, with a 10 man final (the top 5 from each), with the others to the losers final.

It was a good day for Steve Allen (AUS-0) with two wins followed by Arnon Dagan (ISR-1) with two second places, and these two dominated proceedings. Meanwhile, 3rd place overall was keenly contested between Janis Preiss (LAT-23), Maciek Rutkowski (POL-23) and Michal Polanowski (POL-16) - Janis finishing one point ahead of his rivals.

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