PERU BEACH 2011 SOUTH AMERICAN WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
10th to 15th January 2011
Bautista Saubidet (ARG 401), last year's under 17 champion, is once again victorious at this year's South American Championships at Peru Beach, Argentina. 9 wins in 12 races overall gave him 11 points (one race discard), half the number of his nearest rival Nicolas Godoli (ARG 108). In third place overall, and first under 15, is Francisco Saubidet (ARG 40).
It was an early start on the last day. It was blowing already at 10:30am around 10 knots and sailors were keen to go out. 2 races were completed with wind at 15/16 knots - just perfect! After coming back to shore to rest the last race was sailed with 16 knots with gusts up to 20knots.
Over in the RS:X fleet, redress was given at the end of the day to young kid Franco Reynaud (FRA-34) that abandoned his last leg to a second place finish in order to go rescue a sailor that had lost his equipment and was in serious danger of drowning after floating for almost 30 minutes. Really, he deserves international praise and acclaim for setting such a good example! Naturally, his "DNF" score was replaced with points corresponding to second place.
On Friday there was only one race, because the wind was too strong and only six of the 15 participants were able to complete the course. The Race Officer specially commended all the young skippers taking part in this competition for enduring such a wide range of conditions with rapid change, and all the coaches, family members and organizers who were supervising this event race to race, giving a hand in the rescue, and ensuring the safety of all participants.
The skippers meeting at Peru Beach took place under an overcast sky, it was hot and humid and there was no wind at all! Organisers offered a free pasta lunch to the eager competitors while they waited for racing conditions.
At 16:00 the boards were afloat, although there was barely enough wind for the racing starting at 16:15, but it increased steadily to a nice 10/12 knots! However, that was the pre-warning of a major tropical storm moving in from southeast and we do mean MAJOR! With some 18 knots already blowing and going up fast, the rescue team was very busy!! As the wind topped 30 knots, all the kids were in shallow water walking back to the beach, then 35 knots, heavy rain, 150 meter visibility . . . but all were safe, although a few unsecured sails flew away!
The first race for Techno was won by Nicolas Godoli after the disqualification of Baptist Saubidet for being over the line. Baptist was the only one who managed to finish race two, minutes before the storm of rain and wind was unleashed. Baptist has now taken 5 bullets in 8 races, Francisco Saubidet has put in a strong performance with a win in race four, and five second places, putting him in second overall. Nicolas Godoli is in third place.
With temperatures up around 32c under a bright blue sky, winds are expected to increase during the next two days of racing.
The 2011 Raceboard South American Championship will take place at Peru Beach Club, Buenos Aries, Argentina, from 10th to 15th January.
Buenos Aries is situated on the western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata . Peru Beach has direct access to the vast expanse of water that forms the estuary, and enjoys wind conditions favourable for windsurf racing.
The host club has experience in running windsurfing championships; click here for the photo gallery from the 2009 Argentine Championships.
The club also offers a wide range of ancillary facilities. For more information - http://peru-beach.com.ar/
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