Prince of Speed 2019 500m
Monday june 10 2019
Hard to make speeds in a straight line for me. POS is a great event, with only the best of the best and.......me ;)
After a hard spring, with lots of wurries about my lovely wife Martine her health, and not been here for a while, it was not easy to get the "Free Mind Speed Switch" on.
First heat I did with 5.6m², wind was ok but not super hard, square, so difficult for me, even with the lead.
Second heat also 5.6m² wind had picked up now and it was even harder to make speeds in these square winds, I was already exhausted after this heat, I had to walk back after every run, it was not possible to sail back close to the beach not to disturb the other riders, further out was to hard for me. After this heat I was thinking about quitting , but after coffee and a snack, and the little rest gave me strenght again to keep going.
Third heat I decided to go smaller and took 5.1m² maybe that wasn't the best choise, but I thought it would be another two long heats to withstand and had better chanche to score with the smaller sail.
Altough the wind was defenitly blowing harder now, my speeds didn't increase anymore.
Fourth heat was just a matter of doing two more runs before beeing completely knackered. After this one I was proud/dissipointed at the same time, but think I can say: Hey, we did it again.
Prince of Speed 2019 was again a great experience for me, but also a lesson that one has to be prepared well to give 100% in an event like this. This is not comparable to free speedsurfing, because the clock is running and the runs need to be done in this time frame.
Taking part in this event is also speeding with the best of the best in our dicipline!
After all I liked the recompensation that Principe gave me in his words: "Patrick, you were like a lion on the water, a great knight"