2011 RACEBOARD EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Interview with Anne Karki
Third in Ceri's series of interviews, the Raceboard Europeans Event Director, Anne Karki, is in the spotlight
A perfect day for overnight leader Patrik Pollak (SVK 1) - 4 races and 4 wins, which brings the 2011 European title one day closer.
Further down the ranking and there were mixed fortunes. Juha Blinnikka (FIN 6) was the most consistent - and that consistency moved him nearer to Kazumasa Sugiura (JPN 15) who holds onto silver medal position with 2 racing days to go.
A special mention for the race committee under Sanna Paivarinta, Race Officer, delivering 4 perfect races and receiving acclaim of all competitors. Check the interview with Sanna that follows this report.
With 2 days and 4 races left to complete the championship, all course options are being considered including a long distance race.
Sanna Paivarinta - gives her views on officialdom and the sport
Meet Sanna, Race Officer for the Raceboard Europeans in Yyteri, Finland, interviewed by Ceri Williams, IWA Executive Secretary
Marianne Kaplas - her thoughts on women in windsurfing & Raceboard Europeans
Ceri Williams, IWA Executive Secretary, caught up with Marianne at the Raceboard Europeans in Yyteri, Finland to ask her a few questions.
3 races completed on day 2 as temperatures soar in Finland
There was no change in the podium positions at the end of day two in Yyteri, Finland, however further down the rankings there was movement.
The top five in the overall rankings finished the final race of the day in their current ranking order - with Finish father and son combo of Juha and Daniel Blinnikka holding 3rd and 4th positions.
Racing started on time this morning, we have as very efficient (and young) race committee led by a female race officer, Sanna. Races 5 and 6 were won by Patrik Pollak (SVK 1) and Kazumasa Sugiura (JPN 15) respectively; but after the lunch break Patrik was able to come back with another bullet to keep him securely in Gold medal position.
Racing began today at the Raceboard European Championships in Finland in unseasonal, but very welcome, conditions.
When asked what he thought of the venue, Kasumasa Sugiura exclaimed - without hesitation - "very hot"!
This fact was later verified by Masters World Champion, Patrik Pollak, who quipped - "unusually hot for Finland, not as I expected".
The fact that the wind blew and that 4 races were completed during the afternoon was not, however, unexpected. Patrik won 3 races; Kasumasa won 1 race.
This year's championship is hosted by Yyteri Surfcentre, Yyteri, near Pori. Home of the Finnish Boardsailing Association, the venue offers everything the beach sport of windsurfing requires.
For many 'raceboard' competitors a 4 race schedule was new and presented a challenge - all competitors who started were able to finish. Patrik Pollak, heading the rankings at the end of day one, offered this explanation - "mostly planing races, some tactical, with target time of 30 minutes, for winner, on target".
Racing starts tomorrow at 10.00hrs, with a favourable forecast, and another full day of racing anticipated.
The home of the Finnish Boardsailing Association is located in the beautiful Gulf of Yyteri, located very close to the city of Pori on the west coast, 250km from Helsinki and 150km from Turku.
Yyteribeach, one of Finland's most beautiful sandy beaches, is about 4 km long, with shallow water and a sandy bottom. The best wind directions for Yyteribeach are from south-southwest to west-northwest (155°-295°). The ultimate best would be the west wind, which gathers surfers from many parts of Finland.
Near Yyteri Surfcenter you will find both accommodation and food services. Just beside there lies Yyteri Spa Hotel and Yyteri Camping. In Yyteri area you find lot of other activities like golf, volley ball, riding, cycling.
More information on Yyteri: http://www.yyteri.fi/ .