The Formula Europeans 8 – 13 May, Portugal.
The UK’s Ross Williams is European Formula Champion.
Ross Williams put in an amazingly consistent performance and showed some incredible board speed to take this prestigious title.
The first three days were cursed by a lack of wind, the nearest they got to finishing a race Ross was winning by a country mile, despite the rest of the fleet struggling to plane.
By Day 4 some official racing eventually got underway despite several restarts and confusion amongst competitors over the racing and starting sequences. Many of the heavier guys were and they appeared to have a real disadvantage.
The amount of competitors at Formula events means that they need to break the fleet into two and split the starts. It sounds quite confusing but over a regatta the most consistent windsurfers always come out on top. Unfortunately this event only had three races. Not only did Ross clean up, in the very last race, himself and Steve Allen had so much speed that they slaughtered the fleet they were racing in, and beat most of the fleet that had started 6 minutes before them. The much smaller Women\'s fleet was won by a considerable margin by Alison Shreeve. Xavier Ferlet put in a fine performance to take the 3rd spot on the Masters podium.
Both Alison and Ross were on F2 FX 1V formula board. Ross, a Tabou rider, has the option to choose which board to race on since Tabou are not in the formula market.
1. Ross Williams
2. Wojtek Brzozowski
3. Jesper Vesterstrom
4. Antoine Albeau
5. Hubert Mokrzycki