Nivea World Cup Sylt - Day 1

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As registration day drew to a close it was looking promising for a good start today as many of the racers went on the water to try and decide exactly which combinations were working here. With the new Slalom 42 rules, racers had to wait till the last minute before they register their 4 sails and 2 boards. With such variable winds forecast over the week, this is not as simple as it might seem. Favourites for that title lie between Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Micah Buzianis. The UK\’s Dan Ellis will be looking to finish in the top five for sure

Meanwhile away from these indecisions the wave sailors are ready to go, despite notable absences from Matt Pritchard, Josh Angulo and Jason Polokow. Last night many were also asking the question ” just where is, John Hibbard?”. As yet we do not know, but rumours are spreading… Looking at the results so far over the year, the UK has 3 in the top ten, John Skye, Robbie Swift and Nik Baker, a solid performance from all 3 should see them finishing well inside the top 10. Nik Baker still in reach of the title.

Speaking of registration, yesterday\’s sailor parade was a refreshing sight, standing room was even hard to come by as droves of spectators armed with video cameras, normal cameras and phone cameras, pushed and shoved to catch a glimps of the march. That is something you don\’t normally see at a windsurfing event!

So that is it for now, back to the bratwurst and back later, hopefully with some action to report.

Report by Clyde Waite

Photo Credit: Clyde Waite

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