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PWA Turkmenistan – Behind the Scenes w. Jordy Vonk

Day 1

We started the day with an opening ceremony included a visit from the president. This was a big happening, lot’s of security and protocols we needed to follow.

Later on we had a water show with all kinds of sports: wake boarding, waterskiing, windsurfing, flyboarding and more.

In the afternoon we had the first possibilities to race, but ended up in nothing. So not a lot of action on day 1, tomorrow we’ll have skippers meeting at 6:00 am, waking up early!

 

Day 2 – Light winds and close calls

What a long day, as the forecast was looking good for the morning the PWA decided to have a skippers meeting at 6am, in the end it was a bit windy and we were on the water by 06:30. The wind was super tricky, pretty gusty and also changing angle a bit. Sadly only 2 heats were done, other heats just started and got cancelled. If you ask me those two heats should have been cancelled as well, but I guess the organisation thought differently.

After we went back to the beach at 8 o’clock it was actually a strange feeling, still so early. I’m not really a morning person so I took a big sleep during lunch. As well some visits to the toilet, I was not feeling really well. But I’m not the only one with that problem, sadly a lot of guys have some problems with the stomach. We don’t know exactly what it is, hope we find out soon.

After a lot of hours waiting around 5 o’clock some wind kicked in and allowed us to do the other quarter finals. It was still on the limit, maybe even a bit across…. but well, we finished the quarters. I became 3rd in the 12 men heat and was happy to pass. I was out on the following kit (check it out on the next page):

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