Hvide Sande PWA World Cup

Day 1: The Calm Before The Storm, Sailors Registered, Rigged & Ready For Tomorrow & The Rest of the Week

As the forecast suggested the opening day of the 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup proved to be a relaxed affair with the wind remaining light throughout, so after registration in the morning the sailors took the opportunity to make sure all their gear is fully prepared, while enjoying the warm sunshine which is set to be replaced tomorrow by wind and rain.

In total 80 sailors have signed up for the next 5 days of competition with 57 men and 23 women registering during the morning. With no action on the water today we caught up with Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne), who will be looking to climb up the overall rankings by the end of the week with the Italian looking to discard a 25th place from France:

PWA: Hey Matteo, after a one year break we are back in Denmark, you have a really good record here from 2016 and ’17 with one win and a second place how are you feeling being back in Denmark?

MI: “Yeah, I feel happy. I've been here already for a few days to prepare for the event and I feel confident, the forecast looks good, so just can't wait to compete.”

PWA: What are you gonna be rigging up looking at the forecast?

MI: “Well, I rigged up all the way from 9.4m down to 6.2m. The forecast looks windy, so I guess it's going to be between 7.8-7.0 mostly, but hopefully even something windier in a day or two. It depends on the clouds here. But, yeah, it looks promising.”

PWA: In terms of the title race, this is potentially quite a big event with yourself and Pierre obviously looking for a discard to close the gap at the top to Antoine Albeau. How are you feeling about that?

MI: “Yeah, I feel good. As I say, I just hope to do many races as if we complete many race races I feel confident to do good. And probably I can quite easily discard my result from France and after that its all open heading into Nouméa, so yeah, obviously this is pretty important event, Just waiting to get some wind.”

PWA: And after Fuerte what have you been up to?

MI: “I just kept training and went to Tarifa for some testing with Starboard and Severne. We work on the Olympic project for a while. And obviously on the new sails and boards next year and then just gym, and water training as usual. Nothing, nothing different than usual.”

PWA: Thanks, Matteo. Good luck for the contest.

With a solid forecast to come tomorrow, and the rest of the week, there looks set to be plenty of racing to come over the next 5 days. The sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 9am (GMT+2) for the skippers’ meeting with the racing commencing from 10am.

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