2010 Formula Windsurfing European Festival
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy 5th to 10th July 2010
Prizegiving - 14 year old Aldo Maia from Brazil wins the Formula Experience title as the wind deserts the competition for the final two days.
BEBEKO MAIA BRA-1313
"Sailing Formula Experience has been important in my development in Windsurfing. Through this class, in which I am sailing two years, I have learned a lot and significantly improved my techniques and performance. I participate in races in under 17 and youth in the FE class in Brazil, around the world and, as a class to access Windsurfing, FE has been very important to me.
The Formula Windsurfing European Championships 2010 in Cagliari, was a major challenge for me because my main opponent Oscar Ania Barrachina - ESP 161. He has great technical skills and this puts a lot of responsibility on your sailing, providing a match race format with very similar equipment – in fact, we have 100% identical equipment. A major dispute, requiring strategic skills all the time during the five races, demanded much of the sailors. The winner is the one that won in the small details and technical actions, these actions demonstrated by the fact that in almost all races we compete together, always finishing one after the other.
The greatest experience I have gained in this European event in 2010, was to let go and compete with the Formula Windsurfing Youth and Masters, and winning in some races with good placement, taking into account the vast difference between technical equipment used in the FE and FW, and the high technical level of the competitors of FW. "
Another morning with no wind but, as yesterday, the AP came down at midday. However, with the wind refusing to reach 7 knots, sailors waiting for the start for over half an hour were returned to the beach as it was just too hot on the water!
At 2.00 the Race Officer decided to try again - wind was 10-11 knots on the course - and at last Race 3 was under way . . . followed by Race 4 . . . then Race 5! Hopes were dashed for Race 6 which was started but quickly abandoned.
It took until after lunchtime for the wind to build to 10-12 knots so it was early afternoon when Race 1 - two laps of a windward leeward course - got under way, all competitors starting together, on perfectly flat water. Regrettably the wind did not hold and race 2 was abandoned after the start, sailors were sent back to the beach. By 6.30 the Race Committee decided no more racing for the day. Better luck tomorrow!