Racing continues at the Volvo Surf Cup 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championships at
Sylt, Westerland, Germany. A bright sunny day with the skippers meeting held at 09:30.
The competitors were on standby once again due a smooth light breeze during the morning hours until conditions became suitable for racing and, just like yesterday’s predicted forecast, the races finally started somewhere around 14:00.
Elimination 2 Highlights:
The following competitors GER-88 Gunnar Asmussen, ARU-4 Ethan Westera, FRA-531 Nicolas Warembourg, ITA-1111 Andrea Ferin and GER-7 Nicolas Prien all perfomed strongly today.
The Final round of elimination 2 was an exciting one where we all saw the 2015 Youth World Champion Nicolas Goyard FRA-465 showing off his jibing skills at the first mark while battling with yesterday’s elimination winner Vincent Langer GER-1. The other competitors were right behind them until the last mark where things got a bit tricky for the young French rider who dropped his sail at mark 3 allowing GER-88 Gunnar Asmussen to take full advantage of this expensive mistake.
The show ended with amazing action, with a very loud crowd and Vincent Langer GER-1 took the win followed by GER-88 Gunnar Asmussen and NED-191 Ingmar Daldorf who once again had a consistent performance.
Elimination 3: The fight back
ARU-4 Ethan Westera, GBR-659 James Dinsmore, ITA-1111 Andrea Ferin, DEN-24 Sebastian Kornum, ARU-9 Nik Van den Eerenbeemt, ITA-415 Marco Begalli and even Mr local hero himself Vincent Langer GER-1 who almost did not advance into the quarter finals in heat 12.
One of the elimination 3 Highlights was Heat 14 where DEN-24 Sebastian Kornum lost his grip at mark 4 but quickly made it back to the qualifying position allowing ARU-4 Ethan Westera to manouver himself to the front of the pack. While Vincent Langer GER-1 remained in his fight back mode and took second place. The youngsters were clearly on the rise in this elimination.
The wind started to get lighter later that afternoon ( 18:24 ) with wind readings of 11 to 14 knots. After a short moment of silence the races could finally continue and the A final was an interesting one with DEN-24 Sebastian Kornum up front with FRA-531 Nicolas Warembourg, ARU-4 Ethan Westera and ITA-1111 Andrea Ferin not too far behind pulling out all tactics in the light conditions here on the second racing day at The Volvo Surf Cup 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championships.
The Women sailed 5 rounds today. A few injuries were reported and for some it was a hard and long day. The last heat of the women was abandoned due to too light winds at the end of the racing day.
Marine Hunter FRA-181 had a great start and led the 3rd Round followed by Maria Andres ESP-2 who got uncomfortable after round 5 and suffered from sever pain in her back. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to catch up with her tomorrow for an interview.
Esther de Geus NED-16 performed well today with a few second places right behind Lena Erdil TUR-33 who is definitely the fastest girl in the fleet, winning 4 out of the 5 rounds sailed today.
Another great racing day here in Sylt, Westerland Germany with great action on the water. Congratulations to all the competitors who did their best and of course the winners Lena Erdil TUR-33 in the women’s division and Vincent Langer GER-1 who both remain at the top.
The forecast for tomorrow looks light and the skippers meeting is set for 10:30