Day four here in Santander looked like a lay day which gave the ISAF evaluation panel for the kiteboarding format trials the opportunity to present their first conclusions to the 18 sailors from 10 nations and four continents.
Around 14:00 a 6-7 knot seabreeze filled in which allowed the kiters to head out to the course area and race the multihulls and skiffs. They took also the opportunity to have a chat on the water with ISAF resident Goran Petersson and Vice President Teresa Lara and explain equipment and tactics on the water.
2011 slalom world champion Damien Leroy and 2011 course racing world champion Johnny Heineken spent over an hour to explain our sport to Goran and Teresa.
Today was also a showcase of high performance – the skiff and multihull evaluation panel confirmed wind readings of 6-8 knots max and the kiteboards hit the courses with the other boats with more than 25 knots boatspeed and amazing upwind angles.
The ISAF kiteboarding trials will conclude today with the simulation of all course options for a full event setup. This will be a box course for the opening series, a box slalom course for the final series, and a short track course with a reaching start for the medal rece series.
The ISAF evaluation panel will then prepare their report to the for the Mid-Year meeting in Stresa, Italy, beginning of May 2012.