26th of November 2008, Brazil, Fortaleaza/Brazil GP

Daily report...

19.30 | i made an error with results ! 3rd place Ross , one point ahead of Gonzalo. Paulo sneaks it ahead of Gabriel on the tie break - ie better position in last race. The wind throughout was strong , occasionally gusting to 31/32 knots ; and shifty.
Briefing tomorrow at 10.30 ; first possible start at 12.00. Come back soon for results , photos and day report.

18:45 | unofficial results after 3 races, with no discard - 1st Paulo Dos Reis on tie break from Gabriel Browne ; 3rd Gonzalo Costa Hoevel,4th Ross Williams, 5th Willhelm Schurmann.

18:25 | No more racing today - results and comments from the sailors to follow

18:22 | at the finish - ARG3 , BRA3333, BRA50, BRA999, GBR83,

18:20 | last upwind-ARG3, BRA3333,BRA50, - and fight between willhelm and ross for 4th

18:14 | 2nd downwind with big lead - ARG3; followed by BRA3333 and BRA50 very close; BRA999, GBR83

18:17 | Paulo dropped his rig - but quick recovery

18:15 | 2nd upwind- BRA3333, ARG3, BRA50, GBR83, BRA999

18:12 | 1st downwind - BRA3333, ARG3, BRA50, BRA999, GBR83

18:10 | at the first windward -ARG3 , BRA3333,BRA50,... , BRA999, GBR83

17:05 | clear start - half fleet on port !

17:59 | 1 minute to warning signal

17:24 | Next race and final one for today at 14.00 BRA time

17:22 | a good lead for Paulo Dos Reis coming to the finish - followed by Biel,BRA50, Fabio BRA74 and Ross GBR83.Willhelm BRA999, Gonzalo ARG3.

17:20 | at the last upwind-BRA3333,BRA50, BRA74, GBR83

17:17 | second downwind - BRA333, BRA74, BRA50,GBR83

17:15 | second upwind- BRA3333,BRA74, BRA50,GBR83

17:12 | downwind - BRA333 with good lead ;

17:10 | at the first windward -BRA3333,BRA74,BRA50,GBR83,ARG3,ITA415

17:05 | clean start for race 2

17.00 | Warning signal for race 2- Gonz has changed his sail and is now on 9.8. Last race he used 10.7 .

16:50 | 10 minutes to the warning signal for race 2. the location is perfect for allowing sailors to sail in to the beach between back to back races

16.22 | at the finish - BRA50, GBR83, BRA3333, ARG3, BRA999,... POL25 next , but may be OCS !

16:20 | last windward - BRA50,GBR83, ARG3 , BRA3333, BRA999= sprint to the finish

16:14 | downwind - BRA50, ARG3, GBR83, BRA3333, BRA999

16:14 | 2nd winward - BRA50, GBR83, ARG3, BRA3333

16:10 | downwind - GBR83, BRA50, ARG3, BRA999, BRA3333

16:05 | first at the windward mark - GBR83, BRA50, ARG1

16:05 | Race 1 is started but individual recall is flying

15:59 |

15:59 | 1 minute to warning signal for race 1

15:44 | Gonzalo just broke his 9.8 rigging !! mast went through the head of the sail ...

15:31 |

15:29 | with 30 minutes to the start of Race 1 , the course is set, the sailors are fine tuning their kit. No one can be more nervous than Gonzalo - he has to win here to beat Steve to the GP title.

13:11 | Skippers meeting in 30 mins - one familiar face will be missing; a message from Jesper ...
\\"Unfortunally I was not able to attend in this year in Fortaleza, for me one of the best venues we have for Formula Windsurfing in the world. I love to windsurf there and really feel I miss out on one of the best event this year. Not only to fight for the 1st. place, but also to have the best time among great friends and locals from Fortaleza. \\"
Good luck to the rest ogf the guys!



13:09 | Good morning from Fortaleza and welcome to DAY 1 of racing in the final Formula GP of 2008. The forecast is for 20>25 knots ; and the plan is for 3 races today. Course of the day.

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