In the night I checked the ranking and I actually realised that if I could win the last race, and be 5 points ahead of Nicolas, who was leading, I could win overall
“I was excited to come back to the Defi Wind. Last year I had lost the race on the last day against Patrice. Patrice in this edition started strong, while I was not having good starts, and I was not fully tuned in to the speed that I needed to win. I almost gave up on the idea that I could even make the podium after the first 2 races. I raced safe to try to keep a constant position and found myself in second place on the second to last day. In the night I checked the ranking and I actually realised that if I could win the last race, and be 5 points ahead of Nicolas, who was leading, I could win overall – a kind of very low chance. Not so much for myself being first, but more for Nicolas to be 5 places behind me, there were a lot of factors to decide it. Patrice was also only 0.4 points behind me, and had also a great chance to win due to his hyper speed. I still badly wanted to win one race. I knew it was only a question of pushing hard on my fin for those 40km and a good start for this last race. I did not want to look at what the others were going to do. I went my way. I was top 5 right after the start, and I was higher upwind then the others. I reached the mark first by 1m from Anders, my legs were crying but I could not let go if I wanted to get a 0.7 score. In the middle of the course Patrice and Anders were coming back and almost overtaking me. I was cooked. I could not keep my board speed to fly fast over the water.
Last year I lost it on last day, this year I got it on the last day
So I decided to go higher upwind to look for the flat water. Once I got upwind to the shallow water, Anders and Patrice were almost in front of me, but lower downwind. At that point, I went for the speed run to make sure I could be again first to the last jibe. The plan worked and I managed to keep hold of first all the way. Once I crossed the finish line, I started counting the number of riders dividing myself from Nicolas, and it was enough to win the event. Last year I lost it on last day, this year I got it on the last day. Defi is one of those events that gives you a great feeling to win. It’s hard for the mind and for the body and the 1000 people around make it unique. Thanks to the support to all my friends who were on the beach keeping me focused.” – Andrea Cucchi
Video interview with Andrea on the last page…