When big events are organized, it is important that races
are run on schedule. A day without racing is very rare in
the world of Olympic windsurfing.
did in Tallinn, Estonia during the RS:X Youth European
Championships but as soon as the wind had filled in just
a little, the fleets get called out.
It was the reverse at the RS:X World Championships last March. We had days when our annemometers were registering more than 35knots on the start boat. These were survival conditions so we stayed ashore but even with gusts of 30 knots + we raced.
It is this ability to race in almost any conditions that is the strength of windsurfing in the Olympic programme. Being stuck on the beach is not fun for competitors and spectators, but it's no good for our sponsors either. When you have close to 100,000 unique visitors to your website as we do during a big championships they want to see some action and so do our friends in the media too.
There’s no substitute for racing.
Kiteboard racing is a planing Class, and despite claims that competitors with modern equipment can plane in very low wind (4-5 kts, according to the Kiteboarding Format Trials Technical Report, p.5), they cannot necessarily go around a course or relaunch unassisted on the water in those conditions, and races are often postponed. In an attempt to quantify that problem, US Windsurfing examined how many scheduled racing days had to be cancelled at top international events for both Kiteboard Racing and RS:X windsurfing in the past season.