poniedziałek, 20 lipca 2009

JYM Slalom World Championships 2009

12th July was the registration day, on 13th we started racing. Organizers have done good work. We had special place for equipement, lunches, barbecues and races were done pretty quick every day. Mroczek arrived 7 hours before races, but his stuff had stayed in Amsterdam. We had to share mine during the first day. To be honest I didn't have good starts and jibes at that day. Speed wasok, but that wasn't enough. I finished 2nd and 4th. Wojtek in loosers and winners final. He finished 9th.On the second day stronger wind came. About 22-26 knots. I was wandering weather to choose 6.6 ot 7.6. Finally I have choosen 7.6. Lugi ( my strongest opponent ) was overearly in first semi final. I won the final. In the next one thebiggest mistake in slalom I've ever seen! We have mistaken the buoys! I was leading to the first mar, then I was overtaken onabout board lenght, and falled on 2nd jibe. But! Then Luigi went for the 5th mark! Me too, but I saw Bonaire guys sailig up wind, and managed to take this buoy with only one tack, because of upwind capability of my camber fin and finished 4th. And that gave me 1st in overall.Wojtek was sailig on about 8th-9th place. On the 3rd day we had only juniors quater finals and then it started to rain like cats and dogs and wind dropped.On the 4th I won both finals! In the first one I overtook Luigi on the last mark, wich was very motivating for me.In teh second one I was leading since start and won again. I was 1st in overall, but next 2 eliminations could have changed everything. I had pretty bad start in first final on 5th day and took only 2nd position. Together with Luigi we werea bit nervous as the last final should decide who will become World Champ. Fortunately I managed to concentrate at time,dod good start, didn't stop planing while jibes and won the Juniors World Title 2009 by last race!Wojtek ended up on 10th, and the winner of Youths was Enes Yilmaizer TUR2 ( he is top 20 PWA ). We didn't have any Polish Master so I would like to write here only that Markus Poltenstein AUT30 has won it.The official event website is http://www.bonaireslalomworld.com/ where you can find photos, films and results after each day.Now I am in Hel Penisula waiting for big formula events on Polish coast: Pobierowo EuroChallenger, Leba AllegroCup,and Europeans in Sopot.

Take care,

Gutek Kurczewski POL-75 ( SmartFins, http://www.oddech.pl/ )

niedziela, 12 lipca 2009

First time Bonaire !

Problems?! As usual had started long time before the trip! The first is that the Cadiz Formula Worlds take place inalmost the same time as this in Bonaire ( Slalom ). As the only one from Polish team I have choosen only Bonaire. Mroczek is coming here, but straight from Cadiz ( he will have 30 hours to come here from Europe and he will go straight from the plane to races ).Hopefully he will be able to acllimatise fast. The second problem ofcourse on the airport in Poland. I have hadall bags confirmed, as well as the price etc in KLM. Up till 30min before departure I wasn't sure if my stuff will fly with me. Finally they managed to put it into the plane, but the price was two times higher. What's good news, event organizers managed to organize free equipement transfer for all competitors traveling with KLM on their way back home.At my stop in Amsterdam I met Morane Demont FRA59, Denni Jakobsen DEN64 who were coming for the same event, and Sarah Quita Offring who were on her way back home after winned PWA on Lanzarote. After 10h flight I was welcomed with 30 Celsius temperature ( 4AM ) and 150% dampness of air!Accomodation for most of competitors is in Coco Palm Garden, which in my opinion is the best option: the closest tothe spot ( Lac Bay/ Sorobon Beach ), free!, and pretty nice. We have own house, bathroom, salon, diningroom, bedrooms.The distance to Lac Bay (7km) I go by bike. As soon as Mroczek come we will have a car.Since now I had two days with 7.6, two with 9.2 and one with 8.4. Some nice guys as: Connor Baxter USA333, Zane Schweitzer USA52, Morane Demont FRA59, Rich Jones GBR32, Danni Jakobsen DEN64, Enes Yilmazer TUR2 ( winner of the last year's Slalom Youth Worlds ) are here already. The registration list is pretty short now, but Ann - organizer of EVERYTHING - says that there are still many competitiors not registered. Well, the windsurfing place is perfect... for freestylers!It is much too shallow. If you want to sail slalom you have to go 500m beach or 700m in the knee deep water. Hopefully event site is predicted to be nearby the normal -deep- water. By the way, the temperature difference between air and water is barely perceptible.People here are very kind. Everybody wants to help you, even if you don't need it. Unfortunately prices are much higherthan those in Europe. For exaple: normal Margharitha with delivery is $18! That's all for now. I wait for Mroczek POL48 who should come here tommorow and we will keep you posted with our results!
Aloha,Gutek POL75 ( Smartfins, http://www.oddech.pl/ )