Last week WISSA2014 – World Ice and Snow sailing championship 2014 were held in St.Petersburg, Russia with changing weather from no wind to too strong wind, great ice conditions until last day so all in all good enough conditions to manage dynamic and exciting races in all disciplines!
Windsurfing results here, all others you can find here together with some photos and comments from organizers and participants!
Course Race Open Class – Champion Leontev Aleksandrs, Latvia
Women: Moiseeva Anastasiya, Mytishi
Veterans: Ilukhin Vasiliy, Solnechnogorsk
Youth: Vostryakov Roman, Arhangelsk
Junior: Morozov Daniil, Monchegorsk
Short Trek Open Class Champion Leontev Aleksandrs, Latvia
Women: Zubkova Elena
Grand Master: Allikveer Kalev, Estonia
Junior: Zhilin Egor
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Janis Preiss from Latvia took it all – both slalom and course discipline champion titles at WWEO2014. Conditions were great as ice was smooth and tick enough, but changing wind conditions ensured three great and dynamic racing days.
WWEO2014 gathered participants from 5 countries – Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Russia – to race for three days on lake Kisezers in Riga, Latvia. Despite of warm temperatures for last weeks, ice was strong enough ensuring safe and fun competition. There were 3 qualification, 22 slalom and 7 course races in total!
From the first starts Janis Preiss was leader in both slalom and course disciplines and he kept his position until the end becoming Winter windsurfing European champion 2014. However competition was tight between many riders, with Giedrius Liutkus LTU getting second place in course discipline and Aleksandrs Leonjevs LAT in third.
In slalom discipline again Janis Preiss was unbeatable, second – Aleksandrs Leontjevs and third – Giedrius Liutkus from Lithuania.
No matter places everyone enjoyed racing improving their own skills. We saw the best ski-sled riders from Russia and Swedish rider Stefan Soderlund showing great results, when wind got stronger, appearing in top3 during last competition day.
Also of note, for the first time start runaways were used for STS races that were appreciated by riders.
But it wasn`t all about racing only! We were glad to see surfers with families and fans cheering for their favourites, windsurfing future was discussed in cosy sauna unofficial IWWA meeting with 5 countries represented etc.
More photos coming soon!
Another great racing day at WWEO2014! Weather and ice conditions were good, even though wind was rising and falling often making racing more challenging. Results after 2nd day in both Course and Slalom disciplines are interesting as the same riders are taking podium places at the moment:
1. Janis Preiss LAT
2. Aleksandrs Leontjevs LAT
3. Giedrius Liutkus LTU
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The first ever Winter Windsurfing European Open Championship 2014 in Latvia is officially and successfully opened with great racing day! Leader after first day in course and slalom is Latvian surfer Janis Preiss.
Photos by Ivo Blums
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In 3 days WWEO2014 begins and we have another great news about it! During WWEO2014 Latvian Winter Windsurfing Championship 2014 will be held at the same time and distance in course and slalom disciplines. Special „Open Folk Race” will be also organized during Latvian championship for surfers with non-cambered sails, where any international rider is very welcome as well! Join friendly fun fleet and enjoy the race with equally equipped surfers!
Weather forecast is good for WWEO2014 extended weekend, ice is still tick and solid on lake Kisezers, so see you there for exciting competition soon! In the worst scenario, if ice until Thursday will become too soft and dangerous at Kisezers, we are prepared to move races to another spot – lake Alauksts that is located 1,5 h drive from Kisezers to ENE direction, more than 200m above see level. Last Saturday ice was 40 cm thick, perfect quality – no cracks, no water on top or near coasts.
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Find out NOR, accommodation details and all other information regarding championship here: WWEO2014!
Check out short video from Lithuanian Winter Sailing championship 2014! Looks like interesting competition was going on between Lithuanian riders in different classes with Giedrius Liutkus winning windsurfing Course race and Paulius Voverys Slalom race. All results and more info in Lithuanian here!
Send your Entry form and pay Registration fee until 23rd of February for WWEO2014 and get nice present – specially designed WWEO2014 T-shirt!
All information here: WWEO2014
Winter Windsurfing European Open Championships 2014 (WWEO2014) this season will be held from 27th of February until 2nd of March 2014 in Riga, Latvia by lake Kisezers. Unique location almost in city centre, easy accessibility, plenty accommodation options around, many side activities available for all your family and professional race organisation should create perfect conditions for riders to meet and compete!
Even though the forecasts did not look too impressive in terms of wind and way too impressive in terms of water pouring from the skies, racers from Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden gathered to Espoo’s lake Bodom last weekend. Both sail and wind class were present and disciplines of slalom and course race were sailed.