::Peljesac Channel: a great windsurfing venue

 

The Peljesac Channel, narrow channel that lies between Peljesac peninsula and Korcula island in the Adriatic Sea (Dalmatia, southern Croatia), is famous among windsurfers and kitesurfers throughout the world due to the local northwesterly wind, called Maestral, which appears in the channel mainly during summer season. The shape of its western entrance and surrounding topography (mountains) is such that provides with a unique funnel effect which increases westerly winds forces. Generally, wind flow from all directions over the Peljesac Channel is strongly influenced by its topography. Approximate length of Peljesac Channel is 7.5 nautical miles (14 kilometers). Average width is 1 nautical mile (1.8 km). At other times, different conditions occur mainly when an cyclone appears and develops near the Gulf of Genoa (Italy). Moist wind from SE, called Jugo-Sirocco may persist for several days and blow in the channel. Jugo rainless periods create excellent windsurfing conditions mainly during late autumn, winter and early spring. Peljesac Channel funnel-shaped western entrance gradually narrowing from 1.6 NM to 0.8 NM wide. Eastern channel entrance is encumbered by scattered islets of Korcula Archipelago. These islets serve as wave breakers that protect the channel from easterly waves.

 

::Competition history

 

Apartment 2Viganj, St. Liberan beach is the most popular launch site in Peljesac channel. The very first Viganj windsurfing event was held on 30-31 July 1986. It was sixth regatta for Yugoslav Cup (class DII). First European Championship - Funboard class (113 competitors from 19 countries) was another important windsurfing event held on 23-26 July 1990. On 08-13 July 2013, Viganj has hosted the Formula Windsurfing World Championship and proved its ranking among the best formula windsurf spots on earth. 127 competitors representing 26 nations, 3 continents, including some top names (Antoine Albeau, Steve Allen, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, Ross Wiliams and the winner Casper Bouman) were on the starting grid in Viganj.

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CROSurf Photo 2012 Champion Ross Williams said, "this place is perfect for formula with a good consistent wind in the afternoon. It's close to the shore for those watching and I'm looking forward to some good competitive races. The sun is shining and if the wind blows we should have a lot of fun." Of his rivals, he said, "They are going to be gunning for me so I'm just not going to focus on the other guys, there are many that can challenge for the title. I'm going to aim for consistency with good results and clean starts."
The Formula World Championships represents the high end of windsurf racing on all points of sailing - upwind, downwind, crosswind - using the best high-tec equipment available on the market.
The final day was a challenging one with four races completed for both fleets, and a different winner for every race in the gold fleet - Gonzalo Costa Hoevel took the first, Casper Bouman the next one, Sebasian Koerdel the third and Janis Preiss the fourth and final race of the day and of the championship. If we take into account the race wins of the day before - 6 different nations took bullets in the gold fleet series! After a tense event finale with no certain champion, Casper Bouman from the Netherlands finished victorious with 9 points, 3 ahead of Argentinian Gonzalo Costa Hoevel who was 4 clear of third placed Ozzie Steve Allen. Three nations, three continents on the podium at the end of this hard fought championship.

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And to finish, a great prizegiving and party time!!
Club Bofor Viganj, and all involved afloat as well as on-shore, are to be congratulated for masterminding a very successful event and for providing such wonderful hospitality.

FORMULA GOLD Class Final Results:
1. Casper Bouman (NED-52)
2. Gonzalo Costa Hoewel (ARG-3)
3. Stephen Allen (AUS-0)
4. Antoine Albeau (FRA-192)
5. Arnon Dagan (ISR-1)

Source: IWA, internationalwindsurfing.com, 2013

 

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