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Windsurfing - 27. August 2008.

Ghibaudo is The Euro Champ of Speed Windsurfing


In the womens fleet, Valerie dominated all six races with six victories, also clear in second Anja Kruse (GER, F2, North) with five second places. Third place then goes to Elke Schill (GER, F2, North) from the hosting Pro Center.

Valerie Ghibaudo/photo Judith Ebeling

The event started with the first split fleet race in speed sailing history, to get a proper seeding for the upcoming silver and gold fleet races.


The second day of competition brought the conditions that Devils Bay is well known for: winds of 8 Beaufort, gusting 10, brought problems for almost all of the silver fleet competitors, and the gold fleet was setting new standards in competition speed sailing.

The skippersmeeting was set to 9:00 at that day, as the forecast was promising strong wind early, and the wind was strong.

Elke Schill/photo Judith Ebeling


The day after gave the riders a break then, with the wind never reaching suitable strenght, and with the first discard already in at that early point of the competition there was no need to push for lightwind sailing.

One more round was completed on day five then in relatively light winds, leaving the decision about the title open to the final two days of the competition.

The skippersmeeting was again set to an early 9:00 schedule, but the wind was not there. Thus the riders were directly put on standby with the AP flag up, and around noon the wind was sufficient to start the next silver fleet race. The speeds were quite impressive with speeds around 38 knots, and the fight for the top five places to go up to the gold fleet race was tough.

The womens fleet was one more time dominated by Valerie Ghibaudo, clearly ahead of Anja Kruse (GER, F2, North) and Elke Schill (GER, F2, North).

As the wind dropped a little bit in the second extension of that heat, the gold fleet start was postponed.

Surprisingly on racing day six the wind was completely off. Everybody was on the beach and in the water, with temperatures up to 35 degree and no movement of the air.

The last chance to get the decision was thus moved to the final day, again with an early skippersmeeting at 9:00 if the wind would be there.

The day started light, with the wind strength suitable but with a too square direction. At 11:00 the conditions were ok then and the silver fleet sent out. Speeds of up to 38 knots proved that the decision was correct, and the top five riders went up to the final, deciding gold fleet race.

Full results are available in the events -> results section of www.speedworldcup.com, and the picture gallery of the event at http://www.audio-video-stream.de/emkarpathos/gallery/

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