07-12 April '15 | Portugal, Praia da Vitoria, Terceira, Azores

2015 Azores Formula Windsurfing World Championships

04.12 | Sunday

15:08 | Prize giving tonight in the auditorium - 20:00

14:49 | Provisional - before protest - top10 : ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, AUS0, GER220, GBR83, ISR1, NED52, BRA767, POL16

14:43 | top 10 finishers in race 12 - ARG3, GBR83, BRA767, LAT23, FRA531, DEN24, NED52, POL16, ISR1, AUS0

14:40 | unofficial - 1st ARG3; 2nd LAT23; 3rd DEN24 - full results soon

14:20 | at the finish - ARG3 - meaning 9 races to count all first place !congratulations gonzalo

14:17 | at the next mark - ARG3, BRA767, GBR83, FRA531, DEN24, LAT23,

14:13 | back to this final rise and ARG is still leading from BRA767

14:13 | first finishers race 11- ARG3, GBR83, AUS0, POL16, DEN24, NED52, FRA531, FRA752, BRA767, GER1

14:10 | leading sailors - ARG3, ?, BRA767, FRA531, LAT23

14:03 | clear start

13:56 | 4 minutes to the start of 12th and final race of this championship

13:43 | wind now 15 knots - but very gusty

13:34 | At the finish - ARG3, - the new world champion

13:31 | last time at mark 1 - ARG3, POL16, NED52, GBR83, AUS0

13:31 | 23 to 25 knots

13:27 | gust of 30 knots recorded - but now back to 20

13:27 | and next mark - NED52, ARG3, POL16, GBR83, BRA767

13:25 | top 6 at next mark - ARG3, NED52, POL16, BRA767, GBR83, FRA531

13:22 | gusting 24 knots

13:18 | Leading sailor at mark 1 - NED52

13:15 | clear start

13:12 | gusting 22 knots

13:11 | 4 minutes to the start of race 11

12:42 | AP down at the beach - 30 minutes to warning signal for race 11

12:32 | Top 10 after 10 races - ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, AUS0, GER220, ISR1, GBR83, NED52, BRA767, POL16

12:18 | first 10 finishers - DEN24, LAT23, ARG3, AUS0, ISR1, GBR83, GER220, BRA767, POL16, NED52

12:04 | now the leading boards are - LAT23, DEN24, AUS0, ARG3, ISR1, GBR83

11:57 | leading boards in race 10 - AUS0, LAT23, BRA767, ISR1, DEN24, GBR83

11:54 | race 10 underway

11:53 | Top 10 after 9 races - ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, AUS0, GER220, ISR1, GBR83, NED52, POL16, BRA767

11:44 | first 10 finishers in race 9 - DEN24, ARG3, LAT23, ISR1, NED52, GBR83, GER220, POL25, POL23, FRA531,

11:42 | we are getting ready for another race

11:38 | wind is 12 >14 knots

11:27 | The plan is for 2 races 'back to back' - then a short rest ashore and 2 further races

11:24 | At the finish - DEN24, ARG3, LAT23, ISR1, NED52, - the leading board finished in just over 17 mins

11:21 | The wind is from north and 18knots - DEN24, ARG3, LAT23, ISR1,

11:17 | at the next mark - DEN24, LAT23, ARG3, ISR1, NED52

11:15 | At mark 1 on second lap - DEN24, LAT23, ISR1, ARG3, NED52

11:12 | DEN24 was OCS

11:08 | race 9 is underway ..

11:00 | warning signal for race 9

10:55 | 5 mins to warning signal

10:40 | 19 knots of wind with some stronger gusts

10:35 | we are 30 minutes away from the start of race 9

09:34 | we hope to complete 4 races before the final warning signal at 16:00 hours

09:33 | Skippers meeting at 10 - the race officer is on the water monitoring wind ready for a report to the sailors

09:32 | Final day at the 2015 Azores Worlds - currently we have wind between 15>23 knots

04.11 | Saturday

17:46 | It was a good decision as the wind dropped and turned direction - we have virtually zero wind right now. Racing continues tomorrow, the final day, with a promising forecast and the first possible warning signal at 11.

17:44 | After going afloat for 20 mins to assess the conditions on the water the RO decided conditions were unsuitable and racing was called off for the day.

17:42 | It was decided to postpone from 12 until 2 and reassess the situation. After the wind came the rain and a further postponement until 4.

17:41 | As predicted we had very strong winds in the morning - building continuously until midday. Gusts were recorded at 60 knots ; the airport was closed during this period.

17:39 | No racing on day 4.

04.10 | Friday

18:16 | After the skippers meeting we will have a sailors meeting - open discussion about rules and championships etc

18:15 | First possible warning signal tomorrow at 12:00. The forecast is for a storm in the morning so we are only expecting to race in the afternoon

17:34 | race abandoned - no more racing today

17:24 | race 9 is underway - unfortunately I have a failed radio - more info if I get another one

17:11 | 5 mins to warning signal

16:53 | AP down - 30 minutes to possible start of last race . The wind is 12>18 knots

16:14 | AP again on the beach - the wind dropped to 8>10 in parts of the course - we are waiting for more stable conditions

16:13 | TOP10 after 8 races - ARG3, DEN24, AUS0, LAT23, GER220, ISR1, GBR83, NED52, BRA767, POL16

15:58 | 30 minutes to start of race 9 - final race of today

15:39 | rest ashore for the sailors and then one more race - we have a very challenging forecast for Saturday!

15:27 | first finishers - ARG3, LAT23, BRA767, DEN24, - first finisher in a time of 15 minutes 20 seconds

15:21 | ARG 3 still leading this race

15:13 | leading boards are - ARG3, LAT23, AUS0, DEN24

15:00 | 5 minutes to warning signal

14:55 | 10 minutes to warning signal for race 8

14:49 | wind is now 18>25 knots

14:48 | ARG finished that race in 15 minutes 40 seconds

14:45 | First finishers in race 7 - ARG3, DEN24, NED52, AUS0, LAT23, BRA767, ISR1

14:43 | ARG3 leading

14:38 | leading this race - ARG3, BRA767, NED52, LAT23, ISR1,

14:33 | at mark 1 - ARG3, NED52, ?, GBR83, AUS0

14:26 | wind is 15>20 knots

14:23 | we are in sequence for race 7

13:54 | Top 10 after 6 races - ARG3, AUS0, DEN24, LAT23, GER220, GBR83, ISR1, POL16, NED52, FRA531

13:53 | AP down - 30 mins to warning signal for race 7

13:23 | first finishers - ARG3, AUS0, LAT23, GER220, DEN24,

13:22 | at windward mark for last time - ARG3, AUS0, LAT23, GER220

13:17 | top 3 at next mark - AUS0, ARG3, LAT23

13:16 | after this race the sailors will be sent ashore for a short break

13:15 | top 5 on next mark - AUS0, NED52, DEN24, GBR83, ARG3

13:13 | Leading this race DEN24 from ARG3 and NED52

13:13 | OCS in race 6 - GRE28, ITA415, LTU799

13:09 | Race 6 is underway - half fleet started on port - individual recall flag went up

13:02 | 4 minutes to start of race 6

13:01 | First 10 finishers in race 5 - ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, ISR1, AUS0, GER220, NED52, FRA531, POR5, BRA767

12:43 | another race soon - wind is 16 knots

12:38 | ARG finished race in 16 mins 30 seconds

12:37 | first finishers - ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, ISR1, AUS0, GER220 - but OCS were LAT23 and GRE28

12:28 | At mark 1 for 2nd time - ARG3, ?, DEN24, AUS0, GBR83

12:23 | first to the windward mark was DEN24 .... 3rd was ARG3

12:15 | 16 knots in the race area

12:13 | warning signal

12:12 | we missed a general recall - but that is now down and another sequence is about to start

12:03 | warning signal for race 5

11:58 | orange up - 5 mins to warning signal

11:53 | we could have any combination of 'back to back' races depending on condition - 3/2; 2/3; 2/2/1; 2/1/2 ..

11:43 | AP is down - the race committee have the option of 5 races today

11:27 | We are on postponement - but the wind is settling nicely and is around 12 knots

04.09 | Thursday

17:09 | No more racing today - first possible warning signal tomorrow at 11:00

16:16 | AP over H on the starting vessel - sailors sent back to the beach to wait for further announcements

16:02 | at the windward gate - wind dropped and race abandoned

15:59 | the course is a bit shorter than yesterday mainly due to the wind direction

15:57 | clear start

15:54 | 4 minutes to the start - good number look to be starting on port

15:53 | now in new starting sequence - 7 knots at upwind and 11 at the downwind

15:52 | race was abandoned just after the start - wind dropped just after the start ! they will try again

15:42 | warning signal

15:37 | 5 mins to warning signal for race 5

15:34 | wind is around 12 knots

15:32 | AP is down - racers are all going out to the starting area

14:51 | we are still postponed but the wind has increased and shifted direction

12:52 | The decision is to break for 2 hours - if conditions are going to improve it will only be later this afternoon

12:17 | Racers have been sent back to the beach - we wait for conditions to improve; although, the latest forecast for today does not look promising

12:05 | AP on the beach - it looked like the wind dropped

11:46 | We are looking to start racing on time - all racers are on the water and ready for action

11:09 | Friday evening , after racing, a sailors meeting is planned to get feedback on future of events and equipment issues, racing rules, etc

11:08 | Same course as yesterday and 2 races back to back schedule for the first session

11:07 | Skippers meeting over - racing to start on schedule if the wind holds. We have 10>13 knots in the race area, less gusty than yesterday

09:20 | Revised results after protest hearings will be published soon

09:19 | A nice sunny morning here in Praia da Vitoria and the prospect of wind and racing today

04.08 | Wednesday

16:11 | Skippers meeting at 11:00 tomorrow with first warning signal at 12:00

15:59 | Top 10 after 4 races - ARG3, LAT23, AUS0, DEN24, GER220, GBR83, POL16, NED52, ISR1, POL23

15:43 | I think Race 4 winner was AUS0 - more info soon; we have a few protests to keep the Jury busy ..

15:22 | At first mark - AUS0, NED52, ARG3, LAT23, GBR83

15:20 | Race 4 and last race for today gets underway - first discard kicks in after this race.

15:20 | 15 knots at the windward gate

15:07 | Top 10 after 3 races - ARG3, DEN24, GER220, LAT23, AUS0, GBR83, POL16, ISR1, GER1, POL23

14:57 | Top 5 in Race 3 - AUS0, GER220, DEN24, ARG3, GBR83

14:54 | lost radio contact ... back soon I hope

14:33 | at the windward gate for second time - AUS0, ARG3, DEN24, GER220, ISR1

14:27 | At mark 1 for first time - AUS0 followed by ARG3

14:21 | Race 3 will be underway soon - 14 knots at the windward gate

13:54 | AP is down 25 minutes to next warning signal

13:48 | Top 10 after 2 races: ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, GER220, POL16, GBR83, AUS0, ISR1, POL23, NED52

13:47 | We are having a short break and very soon the sailors will be called out for 2 more 'back to back ' races

13:46 | first finishers race 2 - ARG3, LAT23, DEN24, GER220, POL23, GBR83

13:06 | ARG 3 leading at the windward gate for last time in race 2 ..

13:04 | leading sailors are ARG3, GER220 and BRA767 - 12 knots

12:56 | Race 2 is underway - last wind reading was 10 knots at windward gate

12:53 | top 10 finishers in race 1 - ARG3, ISR1, LAT23, DEN24, GER220, AUS0, POL16, EST24, GBR83, GER1

12:21 | followed by GER ... and LAT23

12:20 | at the windward gate for final time in this race its ARG3 leading from ISR1

12:14 | at the next windward - ARG3 from ISR1

12:08 | race 1 has started - first to mark 1 (a gate) GER220..

11:24 | In the course area the wind is more stable than yesterday - but the course has been set as low as possible. The wind is 10 to 15 knots with occasional gusts of 20knots

11:22 | Skippers meeting over and we hope to start racing on schedule, with 2 races sailed 'back to back' and then a break ashore.

09:27 | Overcast at the moment, with lighter winds than before , but still a big swell rolling into the bay. We are hoping more stable wind conditions even though the wind is not yet in the favoured direction

09:16 | Racing starts today at the 2015 Azores FW Worlds - with skippers meeting at 11:00 and first possible warning signal at 12:00

04.07 | Tuesday

16:45 | Opening ceremony will be at 1800 with the Mayor of Praia da Vitoria as main guest followed by a BBQ

16:43 | We have just had a practice race - a few guys gave it a go ... but the wind is unstable with big variation in strength and direction. It is not the usual direction and we hope it will change during the racing days

11:17 | Welcome to registration day at the 2015 Worlds in Praia da Vitoria on Terceira... a few guys already out on the water making final tests before registering their equipment

04.06 | Monday

18:06 | Registration and final practice day tomorrow before racing proper starts on wednesday

18:01 | Bumpy landing on arrival in Terceira ! very tricky conditions experienced during training today, but the forecast looks promising

06:05 | Praia da Vitoria offers one of the best locations in the world for "stadium racing" - great viewing options whether from the esplanade or even your hotel balcony!

06:01 | On my way to Terceira for the 2015 World Championships - and looking forward to a close contest!