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Created by aus368 A week ago, 16 May 2019
aus368
NSW, 78 posts
16 May 2019 4:25PM
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This is on now at Nove Mlyny, Czech republic. There are 4 Aussies over here competing but so far the main competition has been us against the elements! Windsurfing is a summer sport here but the definition of summer is that the lake is liquid not solid! From all over northern europe locals have been telling us that April was great with temperatures in the 20's. This week however it has struggled to get over 10 degrees. The wind conditions have been good but, it is the apparent temperature that has take some adapting to, not necessarily successfully. John has survived the best due to his Czech mate lending him a 5mm wetsuit, and Juha from Finland lending him some palmless wetsuit mittens, who knew such things exist?! Winter gear from Sydney is certainly not up to this summer! The rest of us are wearing 2 or 3 layers of wetsuits of various thicknesses. Core temp is OK but the extremities like the hands are tricky to keep operating for a whole session of races. After a gybe you are not sure if your hands are actually going to close around the boom! The hospitallity of the locals is fantastic, for the first day I must have looked cold as people kept lending me jackets. I am very warm on shore now but have had a little trouble on the water. Hitting a dead carp at full tilt near the beer gate (So called as the marks are sponsored by a local pivo brand and look like a full glass) didn't help with a quick swim for more temperature regulation. The top racers are still going in bare feet!!! some resting with their feet in the water between races. We are not the only ones feeling the cold. The Argentinians and Spanish are feeling it and even many of the locals are doing it hard. Even the Finns say they are FREEZING! The regatta organisers have a big heater in the tent and the BBQ last night had perfectly cooked meats and plenty of pivo and a 2 piece band to help us warm up on the dance floor.

If you want to check out the photos or results they are all here.

europeans2019.raceboard.org/

RichardG
WA, 2477 posts
16 May 2019 2:57PM
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Thanks. Great to hear this story.

What are the weight cut offs for each division ?

Did the new 2019 Exocet RS 380 with batwings compete ? Any comments on it.

regal1
NSW, 91 posts
16 May 2019 9:00PM
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There a few Exocets here. Borja won the last race yesterday on one. He is interviewed in the video on the regatta website. The wind was a steady 15kn.
The view is that they are nicer to sail than the phantom, quicker upwind in all conditions but not as fast overall as the phantom in 7-12kn for our course racing. They look huge and are certainly heavier than the phantom.
Look at the notice of race at the race website for the weight cutoffs. Unlike the windsurfer class, we all start together. The race committee have set 400m start lines so room for 75 boards.

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Wind chill temp






Duff12
WA, 68 posts
16 May 2019 10:32PM
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Did you see the other SB post about the boom heater? I wonder if they're allowed within the rules of the European RB Championships...
Anyway, well done for braving the elements and enjoy the rest of the event. Good luck

Paducah
344 posts
16 May 2019 10:58PM
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aus368 said..
... a 5mm wetsuit, and Juha from Finland lending him some palmless wetsuit mittens, who knew such things exist?!



Welcome to my life for 3-4 months a year better known as our "windy season".

Appreciate the report and the pics of the boards. I live in a spot where new raceboards are rare so fun to see current gear.

IndecentExposur
75 posts
17 May 2019 3:01AM
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Duff12 said..
Did you see the other SB post about the boom heater? I wonder if they're allowed within the rules of the European RB Championships...
Anyway, well done for braving the elements and enjoy the rest of the event. Good luck


Bwaaahahahahaha.

regal1
NSW, 91 posts
17 May 2019 10:25AM
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These are the business. I've still got pins & needles in 2 fingers from not wearing anything on my hands on day one.





Ben1973
218 posts
17 May 2019 8:32AM
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That's warm, currently 4degrees here without adding the wind in to it. Water temp is 2degrees. 5.5/4.5 suit with no gloves or hood.

regal1
NSW, 91 posts
17 May 2019 5:38PM
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regal1
NSW, 91 posts
17 May 2019 7:15PM
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Some memories.






Imax1
VIC, 1867 posts
17 May 2019 7:49PM
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^^^^
That makes me happy and fuzzy on the inside .
Im old

Imax1
VIC, 1867 posts
17 May 2019 7:56PM
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I remember breaking those footy fins regularly . That's why my boards were thrusters , just so I could limp home.

regal1
NSW, 91 posts
Saturday , 18 May 2019 3:08PM
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From SVK1 Sports Productions


regal1
NSW, 91 posts
Sunday , 19 May 2019 2:42PM
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Women's winners, Alexandra from Finland, Jana from Czechia & Vita from Latvia (who was at the Sydney Olympics.)

Men's. Aron from Hungary, Joao from Portugal & Borja from Spain. 2 olympians, & 1 member of the Spanish RSX team. Max W (ex RQYS) was fourth.




Best result from AUS368 was 9th.

Given the races had a target time of 25 minutes, the women finishing at the same time meant boards were all around you. Great venue and very well organized. More details on www.raceboard.org

Good luck to AUS368 for Defi Wind 2019 and Richie & Lissa at the Raceboard worlds in Warnemunde.



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