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Margot's Blog: Day 2 at the Techno Worlds

Jul 21, 2011

Author: Margot Samson

Heading to AlcatrazThe wait is finally over! For the first time in 20 years, San Francisco is hosting a windsurfing world championship. 150 sailors under the ages of 17 and 15 are competing in the Techno 293 Junior Worlds on Crissy Field. I'll be reporting all week from the St. Francis Yacht Club, trying to give you a unique perspective on the event.

After an exciting opening ceremony to welcome sailors from 37 different countries, the races got off to a flying start on Wednesday! The bay is notorious for its winds and tides, and as predicted, the "wind machine" delivered for a full day of racing on two separate courses. Marion Lepart between racesThere are few venues in the world that can afford to postpone the first race because there were only 12 knots on the course!
 
The day belonged to Great Britain, with 10 sailors placing in the top 10 of their respective classes at the end of the day. But the star of the show was local hot shot Marion Lepert! Marion is the reigning Formula World Champion, and she started this regatta with three bullets. "I know the competition is just beginning," she said after the races today, "but I'm really happy with how the day went. I love these conditions." Marion practices on these waters all year long, and it really showed. She'll be hard to beat!
 
Stay tuned for an update tomorrow. For full results check out www.techno293.org.

Proud American flag bearers... Charlotte Samson and Chris Waldo


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