"Even the locals said it was windy," said a young sailor from Chile after the first set of races today. And it was.
Over 20 kts in gusts were registered by the Race Committee today, which meant racing was both exciting and tiring for the sailors. All in all, 4 races were conducted for the Youth Men and 3 for Youth Women bringing them to a total of 8 and 6 sailed.
Pilar German, who is representing Club de Regatas Lima, is very happy to be hosting the event. "It's very important for us to host this event and that we could invite many countries to come to Paracas. Our Peruvian sailors can compete against competitors from all around America, also those from countries with strong windsurfing traditions. We began developing Olympic Windsurfing only four years ago and I think we have made much progress, even more so we are happy to see everyone here. For us, windsurfing is very important. It is a big part of our children's education. It keeps them out of harm's way. They are performing sport, close to nature. A very good mixture for us. When going abroad the sailors themselves also get a chance to represent the country," she added.
Will Peruvian windsurfers get a chance to represent their country at the Youth Olympic Games? Just two more days to go and we will know.
Tomorrow more exciting races, as slalom is scheduled for the fleets.