During the event there were several other stand out sailors, it wasn’t just an easy fight for those top 3 places, the likes of Serge Beumer and Minos Efstatdihadis, who both posted lightning quick speeds in individual heats to make the top 3 more than once a piece, showed that they have serious potential. On top of that Jim Crossley and William Trossell from the UK had an informal battle going on to out do one another, which was slightly short lived as William ended up with three stitches during the second to last race through fault of his razor sharp fin and a small crash. On the other hand, Jim was sailing well and has shown great improvements over the last year, if he keeps going like that he could find himself above his well deserved 8th place at future events.
In the end, the battle for the final spot on the podium was not as close as it might appear as Anders Bringdal showed his masterful skill to clock numerous thirds and seconds, a solid performance that saw him claim third overall.
We sat with Anders often during dinner and picked his brains about all things speed, who could pass up such an opportunity. Above all that we discussed, one thing that was clear was the excitement in his voice as he talked about fins and other modifications that could see windsurfers push well past the top speeds they are reaching right now. When we say watch this space, we really mean watch this space…