Day 3- again with challenging conditions for the fleet
Day 3 kicked off bright and early with a standard 9:30am skippers meeting. The riders gathered around with fingers crossed, hoping for more wind than Day 2.
The wind gods delivered a breeze, albeit quite light and shifty, but nonetheless enough to hold 4 races.
Race 3 provided the most steady winds, and riders set out eager to compete with a 12:15pm Start. The winds were very shifty as they rounded the top mark. The majority of the fleet completed the course successfully, with another sweeping win from Olly Bridge for the men, and Daniella Moroz for the women (who, just yesterday, was at the local clinic with a deep stingray sting).
Race 4 began shortly after with mostly steady winds. Competitors continued with big kites ranging between 18m and 21m. As the race progressed, the wind began to shift more easterly, and riders began to struggle. Nonetheless, the course was completed by most, with another win for Olly Bridge for the men, and Daniella Moroz for the women.
Race 5 was similar in nature, but Olly gave way to Axel Mazella, who took the win.
The race committee called a break, during which both spectators and athletes enjoyed fresh smoothies and paninis from a local food truck, “Disfrutas”.
While the weather continued to be unreliable, the call was made to hold one last race. This was definitely the most difficult run, as the wind came strictly from the East, and decreased in strength throughout the evening. Riders had a tough time getting off the beach, as the wind began to retreat. Roughly half the fleet was able to make it back to shore, while the others patiently swam in or waited for boat assistance. Again, Olly Bridge proved to perform best in these shifty conditions, taking the win yet again.
A big thank you to our sponsors, and a congratulations to team Flysurfer for leading the pack on Day 3.
The forecast is strong for tomorrow! We look forward to a solid day of races.
Results are available on our website, and live report will return tomorrow for our final day of competition with strong wind forecasted.
Words by Ella Johnson
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