Techno 293 European Championships - day 2

Variable and challenging conditions faced the competitors over the opening two days of racing at the 2011 Techno European Championships, hosted by the Windsurfing Club Cagliari, in Sardinia.

The lighter winds and flat water that greeted the young racers on monday were replaced the second day by winds gusting to 20 knots, 2 metres swell, and waves breaking on the beach.

The Race Committee decided to send out only the Under 17 fleets, at first. The two races completed in the morning were definitely fun for many and more complicated for some, making it a busy day for the doctor and paramedics on duty and also for the repair shop.

At the end of the day, the best ones managed to get a stronger lead and the top groups still battling for medals are now a bit smaller.

Baz Bell (ISR 619) and Bautista Saubidet Birkner (ARG 401) traded places at the top of the Under 17 boys standings, with one point between first and second.

Just a little more comfortable margin for Emma Labourne, leading the Under 17 girls fleet with four points ahead of Shahar Tibi (ISR 606) and 6 on Marta Maggetti (ITA 157) - the one racing in very familiar waters. But the others are not too far behind.

The Under 17 boys have been racing a qualifying series and from the third day they will split in gold and silver fleets.

The Under 15 boys have one more race to complete qualification for the gold fleet and a chance to be on the podium at the end of the championship.

Israel brings one competitor at the top, again - he's Yoav Omer, this time, and together with World champion and local hope Mattia Onali chases Mikita Tsirkun (BLR 714), four points ahead. Artiom Javadav (BLR 766) is just one point away from the podium and will battle until the end.

Emma Wilson built a strong lead among the Under 15 girls, giving up only the last race (3rd place) after winning the first four. At least four or five competitors can still dream a silver medal, with Delphine Jariel (FRA 800) and Eugenia Bologna (ITA 10) just a couple of points ahead of the others, for now.