28th of November 2008, Brazil, Fortaleaza/Brazil GP

Race Report - Day3

Light winds ard bigger sails - the story of the day; plus 2 race wins for Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG3 ), who consolidated his position as leader of the "Wind Brasil" Grand Prix.

Three races were scheduled for day three - starting on the hour, every hour, from noon.
It seems everyone is a little nrevous on the first race of everyday! Today was no exception, with 2 "over the line" early in race 8 - Paulo Dos Reis (BRA3333) and Hubert Mokrzycki (POL25). Ross Williams (GBR83) recovered well from the previous days disappointments - always in the leading 3 or 4 boards - he won the race ahead of Willhelm Schurmann (BRA999), who had his best day so far, and Gonzalo. However recovery of the day must go to Gabriel Browne (BRA50) who despite a dreadful start, having been blocked on the start line, finished a creditable 4th.

Ross seemed to have race 9 in the bag after 2 laps of the course. However the winds were gusty and shifty, and at the end of the last upwind leg Gonzalo came from behind, sailed through the middle of the course to reach the last mark in front of Pawel Hlavaty(POL11) and Ross, and held on to his lead to the finish. Gabriel again recovered from a poor start to finish in 5th place, ensuring he held onto to his second place overall in the series.

Race 10, the third and last race of the day, was to be the best for "local racer " Fabio Melo (BRA74). Swopping the lead with Gonzalo throughout the race - he was unlucky not to get a first, and had to content himself with second place. Willhelm and Ross finished 3rd and 4th respctively -which was enough to see Ross jump above Paulo into 3rd overall, and Willhelm to move into 5th in this, the final, Grand Prix of the 2008 Formula Windsurfing World Tour.

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