Only 2 Heats completed on the first competition day of the 2017 IFCA Slalom World Championships at Paal 17 in Texel, The Netherlands.
Skippers meeting was held at 09:00 and competitors were briefed by the Principal Race officer. The weather conditions 15-18 degrees, Onshore Winds, small waves and Partly Cloudy skies.
Competitors were on standby and received updates directly from the water trough the PA system on the beach about the wind measurements that were around the 8 to 11 knots during the morning hours. After a few postponements 12:00 to new wind readings shown 12 to 14 knots on the course area and the first heat of the championship was a GO.
Competitors sailed on their biggest gear with sail sizes op to 9.7, the first 2 heats went OK while the 3rd heat got canceled as the wind started to drop down to 9knots.. short after the AP Flag went up and competitors were sent back to the beach to wait for further updates regarding the wind readings. See Elimination #1 details HERE
Disappointment of the day:
The 2017 IFCA Slalom Youth World Champion Basile Jacquin from New Caledonia failed to place himself in the top 4 advancing position in the first heat. ( he was overtaken by Andrea Ferin from Italy on the last reach towards the finish line )
After Lunch time it felt like the wind was trying to make a come back, announcements were shortened to every 15minutes, but unfortunately the day was heating up and the winds appeared lighter and lighter and the waves smaller and smaller.
After a check with Local weather experts, the decision was made to call it a day by the Race Committee.
The forecast for the next days looks a little light, but we will have to see what will happen as Texel should be able to provide exciting slalom racing in choppy conditions.
Skippers meeting for the 2nd day is scheduled for 11:00
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