Sail-World.com : Techno 293 European Championship - Day 2 in Los Alacazares + Video
Techno 293 European Championship - Day 2 in Los Alacazares + Video
'2012 Techno 293 Europeans'
At the Techno 293 European Championship, it was late in the day when the gradient wind kicked in sufficiently to start a race - 5/6 knots - building to 8/9 briefly before dropping - and not possible to start a second race.
Competitors spent the morning chilling out in the warm sunshine, a little SUP, adjusting their rigging, or just generally having a good time! Joao Rodrigues, currently storming the Raceboard fleet, said that when he came to the 1988 youth worlds in Barcelona, there were just a few kids and he finds it unbelievable how many are in Murcia. 'It's like a never ending party for them, enjoying competing, giving all that they can but having fun, finding new friends all around the world. The Opening ceremony was really impressive - everyone just happy to be here.'
Good advice before racing: Ronnie Meir, a very experienced Israeli coach commented that for the older generation it was usual to be calm before a race, perhaps thinking about race strategy, but kids should be kids and have fun.
Kostas Moutsatsos, coach with the Greek team, said 'Don't forget to sign in and sign out!'
Bic Techno 293 is the strongest youth fleet in the world and sends a strong message to ISAF. However, even if windsurfing does not continue in the Olympics, the future of this class is assured.
The forecast is looking better for the final three days - with a good wind forecast for Friday. We hope to complete qualification series for u17 boys Thursday leaving the last two days for Gold and Silver competition.
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