Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

2011 Downunder Pro - Formula Windsurfing Championships

by Sean O'Brien on 3 Feb 2011
Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA-999) Downunder Pro O'Brien
The 2011 Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships first day of competition got off to a lazy start with the winds playing havoc with the waiting sailors.

The first possible start was delayed three hours as the wind shifted to all points of the compass and teased at just below the minimum for racing until 4.30pm when the wind finally picked a direction and began to build to nine knots.


The 49 competitors were kept on the beach in the blistering 38 degree heat but were nethertheless keen to get out on the water and rigged big for the first race of the event before the wind picked up steadily to 17 knots for the second race; the only two races completed today.

Top Brasilian sailor Wilhelm Schurmann (Starboard/Neilpryde) dominated the first day of racing taking both wins today from two starts enjoying the flat water and building winds. Schurmann is currently leading the event on 2 points. With the wind picking up at the beginning of Race 2 and sending sailors to the beach to change down sail sizes before dropping out to only 9 knots by the end of the day. International race director Nick Nelson was able to get two clean races away despite the shifting wind directions on the course throughout the day.

The defending champion Sean O’Brien (Starboard/Point-7) had a mixed day finishing third behind the other top Brasilian Mathias Pinheiro (Starboard/North) in Race 1 and giving away a massive lead with Schurmann in Race 2 to finish fifth. O’Brien currently sits in tied third position overall on eight points with Pinheiro in second overall on four points after Day 1.


Previous Australian FW Title holder Sam Parker (Starboard/Neilpryde) kept consistent today and holds his tied third position overall on 8 points ahead of Brett Morris (Starboard/North) with two fourth’s in today’s races. Current NSW Windsurfing Champion Steve Floyd (Starboard/North) also had a consistent day of racing with an eighth and a sixth keeping him in fourth overall with 14 points.

With the forecast for the next few days looking like nuclear strong winds of +30 knots, the spectators at Jimmy’ Beach, Hawk Nest can again expect a great Formula Windsurfing display. 2011 Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships will run until Saturday 5th February.





Event website and full results: here

upffront 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup– Dieter Van der Eyken secures tow-in victory
Unfortunately, the conditions failed to materialise on final day meaning it was not possible to gain an official result. Head judge, Duncan Coombs, had set a 6.45am skippers meeting in the hope of some early action, but light offshore winds and small waves were below the standard required to start the competition.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships Pingtan - Day 4
Magaji had an amazing first race of the day as she finally managed to push ahead of local Chinese rider Jingle. A five rider tangle ensued second race of the day (yellow heat four), a dangerous situation that the well trained safety crew did amazing job of cleaning up.
Posted on 25 Sep
Day 5 - Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao
It's Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the five day regatta reaches crunch time for the podium hopefuls It's Medal Race day at the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the five day regatta reaches crunch time for the podium hopefuls. It's business as usual on the forecast as strong currents, light winds and a hot and humid day welcomes the sailors to the Qingdao waters to fight it out for medals.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 netIP Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup - Qualification complete
After five days on hold, penultimate day of Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup provided a small window of compatible conditions After five days on hold, the penultimate day of the 2016 netIP Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup finally provided a small window of compatible conditions, which allowed the qualifying round to be completed during the afternoon.
Posted on 25 Sep
Sailing World Cup - Qingdao chances shorten as top tens confirmed
It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the SWC Qingdao as top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets. It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets.
Posted on 24 Sep
Day 4 - Sailing World Cup Qingdao Medal Race places at stake
There are places in Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one There are places in the Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one.
Posted on 24 Sep
Cold Hawaii World Cup – A race against time after another day on hold
There was some hope that today would provide competable conditions with 20 knots of wind being predicted There was some hope that today would provide competable conditions with 20 knots of wind being predicted and for a while, the wind did arrive, but unfortunately the swell never built to a suitable level to allow the contest to begin.
Posted on 23 Sep
Missing marks in choppy waters on Day 3 at Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Cloud cover and current played havoc with on water decisions in China as sailors continued learning the tricky elements. Cloud cover and current played havoc with on water decisions in China as sailors continued learning the tricky elements Qingdao has to offer. It wasn't just about the visiting sailors either as fleet leaders and home nation competitors were not exempt from mistakes cutting point gaps at the top.
Posted on 23 Sep