9am this morning and Scott McKercher and Seffi Wahl were already out practising their moves and wave riding for the competition. At the moment there is a small, not so powerful wave breaking on the sand bar and a more powerful wave breaking on the shore which is ok for a smack or two. There are no real jumping ramps, and there is a lot of tide running which makes it tricky to stay upwind.
This morning is going to see the start of the first rounds of slalom, most sailors are actually out on their smallest sails, bear in mind that for Bjorn Dunkerbeck this is a 7.0m. It does not actually look that windy, but Ross Williams from the UK tells me it is really choppy, and to maintain control he will be using his 6.3m, and changing his fin to suit the conditions. As more Slalom sailors head out and joust with each other we can see just what speeds we can expect on the 4 buoy downwind slalom course.
The wave sailors are again practising on 5.3\’s, as the tide continues to go out the waves will pick up quickly so they are on standby, Scott Mckercher was enjoying the conditions this morning, it is slightly onshore and from the left, very much like Scarborough beach in Perth! Check out the pictures (double click)!
The contenders for slalom are Bjorn and Micah, but this time Antoine Albeau has not made the mistake of registering the wrong sizes as Fuerte. He was flying. As I type this, I can hear that Ross Williams is aleady through to the semi\’s. More news later….
Report by Clyde Waite
Photo Credit: Clyde Waite