Back from the Wissa World Championship in Lahti Finland with a fifth place. The conditions were really hard. With temperatures staying under -10 during the day and on the first racing days even staying under -17 by 4-15knots it was seriously cold!
I arrived in Lahti, Finland 2 days prior to the competition to have some time to recon the terrain and get some training in, but it was just so cold that I could only practice one day.
On the first race day winds were between 8 and 15knots and through four races I managed to score a 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th place with my 16m Aero II prototype. I was quite happy with these results because it was really hard racing. The whole day the wind was gusty and shifty so maintaining my racing line, setting the right turning points and yes, the cold, was not exactly easy to manage.
Just changing any setup on the kite or bar was undoable, at least for me, the Russians seemed a lot more adapted to these temperatures.
The next day winds were lower, 3 to 8 knots meant I was struggling because there was no time to tune my other kites. Even though I was underpowered on my 16m I still managed to get 7th, 6th, 5th, 8th and 6th throughout the day. And the other thing that slowed me down a bit was that my skis were waxed for warmer temperatures.
Sadly the next 3 days we didn’t have any wind so no more racing and no more chance to improve my 5th overall position. No racing meant that we were hanging around and played some games on the lake, which was quite fun too. At least it was sunny every day on the location is beautiful.
My most fun moment was rigging my Aero with 70m lines and managing to launch it in zero wind, once it was up high past the first windless 20m it really worked quite well! Maybe I’ll try even longer lines the next time.
All in all it was a really nice event on which I learned a lot, and with the other competitors we made the best of it and even the no wind days are a memory to save.
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