: Kevin Pritchard
( USA )
The final day of the 2003 Almanarre IFCA
World Championships took place with steady
breezes dominating the region. With one
race left to go in the championship,
riders took the water to set the score.
The title was up for grabs with Antoine
Albeau, Wotjek Brzozoski, and Kevin
Pritchard all in the running in the chase
for the title.
With the upwind course set, and 13 knots,
the gun went off and it was a dash to the
top mark. Pritchard set the stage with
great start and tacking directly on the
layline and rounded the top mark in first.
Antoine was hot on his heals and closing
in the gap. As Pritchard went to round the
bottom mark his harness came unstuck and
nearly sent him in the water. With no
harness, Pritchard scrambled to get the
harness back together while Wotjek and
Antoine caught up. One more upwind and it
was all over. Pritchard regained his
harness and put a battle back on the
upwind. Wotjek was flying upwind to catch
Antoine and Pritchard and win the race.
With Wotjek winning, this put enough
points between Pritchard and Albeau for
Pritchard to take the title.
"It was a great race until the end.
Albeau was pushing hard to take it but in
the end it was a great day. I had a little
bad luck with my harness coming unstuck
but other than that not too bad. My slalom
speed was great throughout the week and I
couldn't have done it without help from my
sponsors Starboard, Gaastra, Camaro, The
Team, and Kaenon." said Kevin
22nd October '03