Slalom racing provides tactical and fast-paced racing at Windsurfer Nationals

It was another glamour day at the Parkdale Yacht Club for Day 3 of the Australian Windsurfing Championships, with light but manageable winds on offer.

The course was set for slalom racing to kick off the day. Class president, Nick Bez, explained the format as “really short races that are really about technique.”

The Women’s division, with a total of 11 riders, took on the course first. Clearly seasoned in slalom racing, they completed a total of four races.

Following on was the cruiser division, decked out in red vests, they made their way around the course before the breeze shifted and dropped out, which made it very difficult to set a course.

Day 3 and the racing was close – Harry Fisher pic

As competitors sat waiting for the afternoon sea breeze to return, they enjoyed egg and bacon rolls and cold drinks. Their patience was rewarded with a sea breeze shortly after and racing continued.

As the breeze slowly climbed, the racing got intense, with the lightweights battling it out on the tight and technical slalom course.

As the day went on, spectators gathered at Parkdale Yacht Club and watched as the heavyweights headed out to begin their heats. At 15 knots, it was the ideal conditions for them to battle it out.

Another successful day, leaving riders weary, ready for dinner and excited for tomorrow’s marathon race.

The event is proudly sponsored by Vaikobi, SurfLogic, ivadore, Mobium Group and Windgenuity, as well as significant support from the Victorian Government.

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