2001 PWA Jever World Cup Sylt Wave Performance Day 8
At about 1600 hrs this afternoon the strong Easterly winds that were forecast, started to arrive. This is a very good sign as the forecasters say tomorrow is virtually guaranteed to be windy. It is now obviously very important that the wind does materialise, already an early skippers meeting
has been called to make use of every available hour of daylight. Normally
it takes around four hours to complete a single elimination round of wavesailing, so the organisers are therefore very keen to be ready from first light tomorrow morning.
There is also a possibility in the likelihood of no wind on Sunday, of an extension until Monday, which is forecast to be incredibly windy. This extension was put forward by the PWA sailors as with no wind in Sylt last
year they are very keen to see a result happen. The logistical nightmare of flight changes, hotel extensions and airport transfers were all weighed up when making the decision but it is testament to the resolve of the PWA sailors who agreed that an extension until Monday should be considered.
The event site today was absolutely packed with spectators and
autograph seekers, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Pryde) has to win the award for most
autographs signed in one day. Bjorn is the crowds favourite here in Sylt and is no stranger to the spotlight, all part of the baggage from being a twelve time world champion!.
Local World Cup star Bernd Flessner (F2, Pryde) is pretty confident that there will be contestable conditions tomorrow.
"There only needs to be wind for about one hour, to allow the waves to pick up, I think the forecast looks good and I for one will be having an early night tonight!"
That will no doubt be the case for all the sailors tonight, a true test of their will power however as Saturday night during the last weekend of the contest has traditionally been the best night out. With all to play for and
a good forecast it will only be the foolhardy who don their dancing shoes tonight!.