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Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal)

Final Report: Kevin Pritchard wins the EC Porto Santo/MadeiraPorto Santo/Madeira (Portugal), 06 April 2003. After four days the first
Windsurfing Euro-Cup of the season finally comes to an end. At 14:30 the
race committee raised “AP” over “A” and closed the regatta.

The competitors experienced great days on the island. Two days were
dominated by hard racings in the Bay of Porto Santo in front of the
Hotel Vila Baleira which served as base for the event. The other days
gave the competitors a chance to relax and to explore the beauty of the
island. A total of seven races was sailed which gave the racers a chance
to discard their two worst results.

FW World Champion Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard, Gaastra) was finally
able to win the regatta. The US American lead the competition right from
the first race and managed to win four out of seven races. He also
scored one third and one fifth place and could even afford the brake of
his fin in the final race without loosing his first position. So he
ensured his victory with a total of 5,8 points.

On the second place followed the light wind expert Arnon Dagan (ISR-1,
Fanatic, Neil Pryde). After an average start he got stronger and
stronger and was finally able to win two races. The Israeli added three
third places, a fourth and a fifth to ensure a safe second place in the
ranking with 7,4 points.

On the fourth place followed Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic, Neil Pryde).
The Australian didn’t win a race but presented a very consistent
performance with three second places, two thirds and two fourth. This
summed up to 12,0 points which ensured his third Place in Porto Santo.

Position four was won by Ramses Landman (NED-72, F2, Neil Pryde). The
Dutch Racer was able to win one race. With 16,7 points he was ahead of
Ben van der Steen (NED-57, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) who accumulated 22,0

In the Manufacturers Ranking (Boards) Fanatic was able to enjoy the
outcome of their great efforts and investments into the Racing. With a
total of 353 points won by Arnon Dagan, Steve Allen and Ben van der
Steen they dominated the ranking in front of Starboard who won 349
points. 50 percent of the competitors were using Starboard. But it was
obvious that the brand was missing some of their top Racers although
Kevin Pritchard scored maximum points and Joao Rodrigues and Brian
Rögild presented a good performance. On the third place followed F2 who
celebrates the return in the top brands in competitive racing.

The Manufacturers Ranking (Sails) was dominated by Neil Pryde with a
total of 354 points won by Arnon Dagan, Steve Allen and Ramses Landman.
On the second place followed Gaastra with 349 points (Kevin Pritchard,
Brian Roegild, Brono Bertholo). The third position was won by YES Sails.

The Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal) was a perfect
starter into the EC season 2003. The competitors had a lot of fun an
presented a spectacular show for the media and the spectators. Thousands
of people followed the competition online. Mostly over the official EC
Website and the FW Class
. But many other pages covered the event additionally. The national
press has been enthusiastic and several international Magazines will
report over the Euro-Cup event in Porto Santo.

The next stop of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup will be in Malcesine/Lake
Garda (Italy). From 26th to 30th of April the best Windsurfers of the
World will fight again for prize money and ranking points in the most
important competition series in the racing scene.

You can find detailed information, reports, pictures, and the results on
the official Windsurfing Euro-Cup Website

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