Two Bahamian windsurfers, Chelsea Pennekamp, 16, and Bella Pennekamp, 15, recently attended the 2019 Techno293 World Championship in Puerto Sherry, Spain, held from October 26 to November 2.
There were 36 countries that were represented by their top windsurfing team sailors, with an overall total of 369 sailors.
The Pennekamp sisters sailed in Silver fleet, the second best fleet, in the under-17 class, which had 85 sailors.
On day five, Bella Pennekamp found herself on the high-speed board in second place. Chelsea Pennekamp had a particularly exciting race finding herself placed 18th.
This was the first international race the girls have participated in with challenges such as heavy waves, fog, cooler air and heavy crowding on the starting line.
Both Bella and Chelsea are looking forward to continuing windsurfing competitively and mastering the iFoil as the World Sailing Council have selected the iFoil as the men’s and women’s windsurfing equipment for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Chelsea and Bella Pennekamp could not have been prouder to carry the flag of The Bahamas and represent this island nation during a time when their home island of Grand Bahama has suffered such devastation from Hurricane Dorian.