Formula Windsurfing European Championships

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In total there were nearly 100 entrants from 18 countries attending the FW European Championships.

The mens fleet of 90 was split into two groups to allow for a more manageable fleet size. I found to get a good start in this fleet extremely challenging, only managing a few occasions when I got away clean.

The event for me in general seemed to be a catalog of errors and mishaps interspersed by occasional good form although rarely did this continue for a whole race. Early in the event, I had multiple occasions of equipment failure whilst out on the water which helped to keep me especially busy whilst off the water making repairs. Thankfully, I avoided the shore break as saw through the week those who needed some pretty serious sail repairs after that experience. The local sailmaker was kept busy working the nightshift throughout the week to ensure all were out on the water each day.

This was mainly a light wind event made much more challenging by the sea conditions which seemed to rough up with only the lightest of onshore breezes.

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The last day was reminiscent of my arrival into Liepaja with strong winds, big seas and cloudy skies. The wind steadily built through the day allowing the opportunity to head out with some of the smaller wave equipment as the storms and 40 knots of wind hit later in the day.

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