WINDSURFING – The Jaguar NeilPryde Racing Series was in Nice last weekend for its first French stopover. Twenty five windsurfers from Italy and France competed on the universal one-design RS:One, an ISAF-approved class. The triple RS:X world champion and silver Olympic games medalist Julien Bontemps was also part of the guest list.
Courses were set in la “Baie des Anges” in front of the Extreme Sailing Series village, just meters from the massive crowds, providing a unique spectator experience and allowing for some exciting close-quarter competition on water.
Racing in three divisions – male under 22 years (Espoir), male/female over 22 years (Senior) and male over 40 years old (Master) – the event comprised of 2 days of races with ten qualification heats, two fiercely contested finals held in challenging conditions with fluctuating winds of 4 to 20 knots.
Being a one-design class, all RS:One equipment was supplied by NeilPryde, giving an equal chance to all competitors no matter sex or age. The winners of each division and overall Super Final winner shared the prize money of US$3,000.
The Jaguar NeilPryde Racing Series will continue its journey to Rio (Brazil), last stop over of this 2012 tour.