A tough Day of competition lies behind the participants of the IFCA Slalom World Championships in Westerland on Sylt.
Extreme conditions with wind peaks of up to 35 Knots, resulted in the completion of the third slalom elimination on the fifth day of the event. There was a change at the top of the preliminary overall standings, which are now lead by Frenchman Basile Jacquin (FRA-498) who could wind today’s elimination.
Today’s conditions were really tough for the participants. They had to unpack their smallest sails and still had to struggle with their equipment. Several spectacular crashed determined the action. The so far leading Gunnar Asmussen (GER-2) from Flensburg and Vincent Langer (GER-1) from Kiel were also persecuted by bad luck. Asmussen had an over-early in the semifinals and missed the entry into the A-final. Langer suffered material breakage and thus could not compete the A-final. Their opponents profit from their situations.
Basile Jacquin triumphed in front of Andrea Rosati (ITA-0) from Italy, who finished second. The third was the Frenchman Pierre Macquaert (FRA-945). The best German starter today was Adrian Beholz (GER-888) from Radolfzell, who was able to achieve a strong 4th place. The fifth was Francesco Scagiola (ITA-353) from Italy.
In the preliminary overall standings of the event, Basile Jacquin took the lead with today’s victory. He was incredibly happy with his performance:
“I feel great. I knew that today I would be able to cope well in the difficult conditions. And then I gave everything in the final. That has paid off. I hope I can defend my first place for as long as possible. ”Basile Jacquin (FRA-498)
Vincent Langer follows in second place overall. After the material breakage in the semifinals, he was able to confidently win the B finals and thus bring in a ninth place. However, since the worst result can be eliminated after three completed eliminations, this placement did not affect the overall standings. Gunnar Asmussen was also able to benefit from his discard. Although he only finished on the 11th place, he now ranks third overall ahead of Frenchman Damien Cervera (FRA-422) and Dutchman Ingmar Daldorf (NED-191).
Also on the sixth day of the event, the forecasts promise great conditions for slalom discipline. So the fight for the IFCA Slalom World Champion title at the Brandenburger Strand will be in the upcoming rounds.
Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled for 09:00am
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