16th of August 2010, Norway, Nordic Championship

2010 Nordic Championships

The 2010 Nordic Formula Windsurfing championship was held at Sola beach near Stavanger on the South West coast of Norway over 3 days from 14-16 August. 36 competitors from Brazil, Estonia, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in junior, youth, Senior, master and grand master age groups sailed 8 racess over the 3 days. Conditions were expected to be light to medium winds and suit the lighter sailor. Friday started with little wind with the Sola bay caught between two fronts. The wind increased steadily as the day progressed and 3 racess were completed on a Windward-Leeward course in winds of 12-16 knots of wind with a medium swell with Wilhelm Schurmann from Brazil winning two and Sebastian Kornum, in the youth grouping, from Denmark taking the third race. Saturday weather foercast was for 2- m/s wind so no racess were expected, with a warm sunny day. Unexpectedly in the late afternoon the winds increased to 14 knots steady with 3 more races completed on relatively calm seas. A W-form windward course was setup and for the first race but was changed to a Windward-Leeward course for the 2nd and 3 races. Martin Ervin from Estonia winning 2 and Nikolai Kruppa from Denmark winning the third. Wilhelm Schurmann kept up the pressure by taking 2nd place twice and 3rd place. Sunday saw an early start as the wind was as expected to fall off in the early afternoon so 2 races were completed in 11-14 knot winds in choppy conditions following a night of wind on a Windward-Leeward course. Any of 4 sailors had a chance to win the overall championships and an exciting 2 racess were won by Martin Ervin from Estonia. In the first regatta Kasper Juul Larsen came to the finish line well in front of Martin Ervin but had been disqualified for not taking a penalty return to the start line for crossing the start early with rule 30.1 in effect. The meant with Wilhelm Schurmann of Brazil taking 3rd and 5th place, the final placing meant that Martin Ervin became the overall Nordic champion by only 1 point of Wilhelm Schurmann and Vincent Langer of Germany taking 3rd place.

Results.

"The organizers (www.SBF.no) did a fantastic job and everything was perfect on and out of the water, from the race crew to the venue. The Strand Hotel that hosted the event, is located just a few meters from the beach, which couldn’t be more convenient, not to mention the breathtaking view of the bay. During the 3 days event (13th -15th) the winds ranged from 7-15 knots during the races. Special thanks to Knut, Magne and who not only organized everything to perfection but also found the time to race." Willhelm Schurmann BRA999

Some really nice pictures from the Nordic event on this forum thread.

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