(machine translated in 2023) Windsurf Worlds 2012: Day 1
First day of competitions, little wind predicted, but good weather. At 9:00 on the field, quick rigging. First race is at 10:00, unclear if that is the moment we can enter the water or if we really start at the boat. At 9:30 our flag goes up and we can really go on the water. Had only just finished rigging and putting on suit. First time in mn shorty.

Race 1:
It's going to start, when aligning before the start, 2x a collision and 1x fallen into the water, what a crowd at the boat, we're going to try that differently. 1st start attempt is generally false: Too many people cross the line too early. I turn around and see that some surfers don't even notice and have to sail a boat around to make it clear to everyone. 2nd start attempt: Just before the start signal: Honk: Procrastination, so far it's still not clear to me why. 3rd attempt: Under black it starts and goes well: We are finally on our way. Reasonable race, too little wind for me:63rd

Race 2:
1st start attempt was again a general false. 2nd attempt went well, reasonable race, 1x fallen. Again the same boards in my neighborhood, the same club sails out of the race and again the same 2x Exocet D2 and 2x Starboard Phantom 377 behind me:63rd

Back on the side there was a flag to indicate that the end of race day was for us. Already? It turned out that thunderstorms were predicted in the afternoon and so the organization did not take any risks if we cleaned up and took a shower. Nice, I had some time to go to Van den Berg to buy a set of low surf shoes for under my shorty.

It was a wonderful first day, not much wind, but wonderful sailing, and: not last!


09:30 3.25 hour Wind: S 4/16 kts
Board: Mistral Equipe - Mistral Freeride 44cm
Sail: North R-Type 9.5 - North Platinum(11) 490cm - Unifiber Freerace/Slalom 220-280
  (machine translated in 2023) Set ran quite well, sail felt nice and light, pumping went reasonably well.