FW Youth Worlds 2004 in Dranske/Ruegen (Germany)

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Press Release:

Formula Windsurfing Youth & Master World Championships 2004
in Dranske village / Island Ruegen Germany)
from September 15th to 19th 2004

– Perfect start for the Worlds –

Dranske / Ruegen, September 15th 2004. The Formula Windsurfing Youth & Master
World Championships 2004 had perfect start on Wednesday. Blue sky and bright
sunshine invited numerous spectators to Dranske village on the island of Ruegen.
And they were not disappointed: The remains of the hurricane Frances
reached Ruegen island just in time for the event. Wind speeds reaching up to over
30 knots were a hard challenge for many competitors. Nonetheless Race Director
Bruno de Wannemaeker from Belgium was able to run three races for each fleet which
ensured a valid World Championships already after the first day.

Already before the first starting signal it became obvious that the Formula
Windsurfing Youth & Master World Championships in Dranske would be a great
success. 98 competitors from 13 different countries marked a new participation
record and brought a bright smile on the face of the organizers and the
representatives of the International Formula Windsurfing Class.

The winner of the Youth Fleet will win the official ISAF title Formula
Windsurfing Youth World Champion 2004. The young French Florent Renard
(FRA-539) had a perfect start. He was able to dominate all three races of the day
and is therefore leading with an optimum of 2,1 points. On the second place
follows the German talent Vincent Langer (GER-122) from Kiel with 10,0 points. On
his heals we find Johan Eimind Vegard (NOR-169) from Norway with 16,0 points.

In the Senior Fleet the German Racers were able to take advantage of their home
support: After the first day Thade Behrends (GER-94) is leading in front of Denis
Standhardt (GER-189). In the Senior Fleet the Masters (competitors above 35 years)
are fighting for the official IFWC title Formula Windsurfing Master Champion
2004. The leader of the German master fleet Klaus Sausen (GER-35) has the
best chances to win this title. At the moment he is on place 3 as best master.

In the Junior Fleet the Dutch hotshot Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED-82) was able
to fully dominate his opponents and is the clear favourite for the official IFWC
title Formula Windsurfing Junior Champion 2004. He won all three races
and is leading with the optimum of 2,1 points. Maciej Rutkowski (POL-232) was able
to defend a second place with 9,0 points against one of the best German Rookies,
Dennis Müller (GER-289).

The minimum goal of the event was already achieved on the first day: A valid
result for the World Championships with three official races. But there are
several more races to come. Everyday a maximum of four races per fleet is allowed
and the maximum of races per fleet is limited to 15.

On the evening of the opening day windsurfers, trainers, organizers sponsors and
spectators relaxed at the welcome party. For Thursday the skippers meeting is set
for 09:30 with the first possible start at 10:30. The Formula Windsurfing Youth &
Master World Championships 2004 continue until Sunday, September 19th 2004. Then
the new World Champions will be crowned at the prize giving.

from Windsurfing Office

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