Yesterday ended the NeilPryde Baltic and European Formula Windsurfing Cup in Tallinn, Estonia. Over the weekend a total 90 competitors from 8 different countries competed. The winner of Formula Windsurfing class was Latvian Janis Preiss (LAT-23), followed by French Valentin Brault (FRA-823) the second and Joann Flevery (FRA-730) on third place. In women's, the trophy went to Martha Ozola (LAT-140), second was Estonian Maarja Kivistik (EST-209), the third Latvian Matise Vita (LAT-1).
Olympic preparation Techno 293 class was this time held with 3 different divisions: under 15 years boys (won by Turkey), Russia were the best up to 17 year girls and under 17 year boys went to Belarus.
As a novelty this year,a powerful kite race track on 2 divisions was added to the event - the two top kiter's were were Madis Kallas (EST-43) and Heikki Gross (EST-22).
Tallinn races/results also affected overall summary of NeilPryde Baltic Cup series - Latvian Janis Preiss (LAT-23) made it to first place, Martin Ervin (EST-202) former leader, fell to 3rd place and comments: "Sure, I`m not satisfied with the results - wrong decisions at sea, fickle wind, and races with new equipment just didn't work. I'm taking a break next couple of days, analyze what has been done and will pull myself together for NeilPryde Baltic Cup final stage in Latvia, held already in August". Second place of the series after Tallinn goes to Toomas Mölder (EST-44).
Erno Kaasik, organizer of the competition was satisfied with the event and comments: "We were able to attract so many windsurfers and kite surfers from Estonia, the Baltic states and Europe. It was the first time when the kite and windsurfing regatta was held in common - something like that have not done here before. Feedback from the athletes did show that they were very satisfied. Over the years world's awareness about Estonia (as a windsurfing and kite country) has continuously grown. It is very important for us to be trusted as an organizer of important competitions like NeilPryde Baltic Cup, Formula Windsurfing European Cup and RS: X Youth European Windsurfing Championships.
NeilPryde Baltic Cup/Formula Windsurfing European Cup is followed by RS: X Youth European Open Championships, which run from 1 July to 7 July.
Competition schedule, press releases, results and more: http://event.extreme.ee
Photo: Liis Härmson
NeilPryde Baltic Cup
Formula Windsurfing European Cup
RS: X Youth European Windsurfing Championships