The 2023 European Championships for windsurfing enthusiasts kicked off at the picturesque Torbole Lake Garda. This famous windsurfing destination witnessed the arrival of 93 athletes representing 12 nations who eagerly registered on day zero of the event. The inauguration ceremony, which was held at the Circolo Surf Torbole Club, with featured speeches from esteemed dignitaries such as the President of Circolo Surf Torbole, the Vice Mayor of Nago Torbole City Council, the IFCA Class Representative for this event Tine Slabe, and the IFCA Youth Class Representative Mimosa Meroni. Additionally, the event commenced with a grand presentation of athletes, showcasing the diverse talent pool competing in this championship.
This year’s championship boasts the return of defending champions, Elif Ercan from Turkey in the Junior Girls Division and Helge Wilkens from Germany in the Masters Division, who are set to defend their titles among fierce competition.
Event Expectations: Expectations for this event revolve around thrilling Foiling slalom action in light winds and Fin slalom racing in moderate to strong winds. The event spans from the 21st to the 24th of September, featuring daily races, with the specific start and sailing discipline contingent upon prevailing wind conditions.
Day 1 Recap: The opening day of the championships saw a crucial moment with the get together of the first and most important skippers’ meeting. Athletes, organizers, and spectators eagerly awaited the day’s action with high hopes. However, the morning brought overcast skies and light, unpredictable winds, resulting in a considerable amount of time being spent on the beach.
Athlete Interaction: Despite the weather challenges, athletes made the most of their time, fostering friendship as they greeted, chitter-chatter, and enjoyed each others company on the scenic shores of Torbole Lake Garda at the Circolo Surf Torbole.
Afternoon Weather: In the afternoon, a glimmer of hope emerged as a slight increase in wind speed was observed. Responding to this, the race committee decided to prepare for foiling races, igniting excitement among the athletes and spectators alike.
However, the wind conditions remained volatile and unpredictable, and despite athletes venturing out to test the waters, the instability of the wind ultimately forced the race committee’s hand. Regrettably, the decision was made to call off the races for the day, leaving both athletes and fans eager for better conditions on the horizon.
Day 2 Outlook: The anticipation now turns to day two, where the skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 11 am, and the first possible race start is slated for 12 pm.
Stay tuned for further updates as the 2023 European Championships at Torbole Lake Garda continue to unfold, promising exciting moments of sportsmanship and competition.