28th of October 2017, Italy, 2017 Gallipoli FW Europeans

2017 FW Europeans in Gallipoli

Polanowski was too good, taking Race 8 and 9 wins bringing his haul to 8 out of 9 race bullets and the winner of the event and 2017 European Champion.
Day 3 of the FW Europeans was a slow one. The lightest forecast for the event was today with winds around 5-6 knots maximum which kept the sailors on the beach all day. With 4 races already under the belt for the event there wasn’t any momentum to push for racing today as Saturday’s forecast for the final day looked promising.

With the early declaration of no more racing for today the sailors were able to escape the hotel grounds and go for some sightseeing in to the nearby old town of Gallipoli or further around this part of south Italy.

The final day of the FW Europeans in Gallipoli got off to a flying start. By midday the race committee had dropped the AP flag for a 12.20pm start for Race 5. Today the wind had swung to the opposite side, coming from the north (which is toward the city of Gallipoli). The breeze was still fairly light but this direction had a bit more consistency and the first race kicked off in around 8-9 knots with most sailors on their 12.5m’s.


Michal Polanowski, the leader of the event dominated the first of 2 back-to-back races taking his tally up to 6 straight bullets. Hubert Mokrzycki also had a consistent day taking 2x 2nd’s in the first races ahead of Christopher Frank and Sean O’Brien who took 5, 3 and 3,7 respectively.

Around 1.30pm the sailors were sent back to the beach for a lunch break as the wind started to fizzle out. But as the afternoon wore on, the wind swung more to the north-west and strengthened, and sailors were back out on the water by 2.30pm for 3 back-to-back races.

Mokrzycki was finally able to take a bullet from Polanowski in Race 7 with O’Brien posting his worst 2 results with a 7 and 6 in Race 6/7 but managed to get his consistency back in the final 2 races nailing a 3rd and 4th.

Polanowski was too good, taking Race 8 and 9 wins bringing his haul to 8 out of 9 race bullets and the winner of the event and 2017 European Champion. Mokrzycki was able to close out the event with 2x seconds to take 2nd overall for the event and European Championships. O’Brien beat off a close battle from Pawel Dittrich who had a very consistent day of 4,4,5,4,3 in today’s races but slipped to 5th overall for the event and 4th in the European Championships behind O’Brien.


Overall, to manage 9 races in relatively challenging light conditions was an excellent success for the race committee and the sailors were all happy with the conditions. Gallipoli is an exceptional spot for sailing and we hope to come back to this location again.

Find out more at the event page http://gallipolieuropeans2017.formulawindsurfing.org/

12th of August 2019Windsurfing review for Paris 2024

Among the ten events for the Paris 2024 Olympics is Men's and Women's Windsurfing, and a review is underway to determine whether the RS:X equipment, which has served the event since the 2008 Games, will continue beyond Tokyo 2020. World Sailing has received seven tenders by Class Associations and Manufacturers that request consideration to be the selected equipment for Paris 2024.

26th of July 2019MINUTES - 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of International Formula Windsurfing Class

26th of July 2019Survey - 2024 Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer equipment selection

World Sailing is now inviting manufacturers and Class Associations to tender to be selected as the Men's and Women's Windsurfer equipment to be used at the 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

6th of July 2019The first Formula Windsurfing Foil champion

It was Maciej Rutkowski from Poland and Steve Allen from Australia, who battled it out until the final race.

22nd of June 2019Class Rule C.6.2.1 – Limitations

This rule limits a competitor to the use of ONE (1) FOIL.

22nd of June 2019ELECTIONS - Annual General Meeting of the Formula Windsurfing Class

To be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, after racing, at the event venue, Puck

19th of June 2019Agenda - 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Formula Windsurfing Class

To be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, after racing, at the event venue, Puck

3rd of June 20192019 Baltic Cup - video report

3rd of June 2019A view from the chair

A personal opinion after many years racing and representing international formula windsurfing class.

27th of April 2019Formula Foil European Championships - equipment limitations

This rule limits a competitor to the use of ONE (1) FOIL.