The 2016 IFCA Slalom Worlds with Action on Day 1
After a Mellow morning with the first skippers meeting held at 10am the competitors could slowly prepare for the great slalom races. The excitement was in the air and some of the spectators including competitors could not wait for the action finally to start.
Yesterday night the official opening ceremony took place in the main city square followed by some groovy tunes from the local DJ and some refreshment beverages including speeches from one of the IFCA Class members, some competitors of interest and the city major.
Somewhat after mid day the thermal winds slowly began to increase. The first elimination for the men was scheduled with the first round of 8 heats with 8 competitors and only the top 4 advancing and 2 heats for the women with 10 competitors and only the top 5 advancing.
Some highlights from the Women’s division:
Guilbaud Maelle FRA-551 showed great competition skills during the whole day including Marine Hunter FRA-181. As a surprise the RS:X sailor from Poland Maja Dziarnowska POL-7 who is experiencing her first slalom competition ever, performed well throughout the day while learning how to deal with a different starting procedure, the course layout and faster turning techniques.
The new young talents from New Caledonia Lilou Granier FRA-1208 and Teusday-Lou Judd FRA-985 had their game face on with the hunger for a top position.
Lena Erdil TUR-33 was in great shape and probably avoided all mistakes, leading the races from start to end including the last final of the day as she forced herself to head out and perform on a top level even with a deep cut in her foot. She was quickly brought to a medical clinic straight after her victory winning the first elimination of the 2016 IFCA Zoo station Bol Slalom World Championship.
A few words from:
Maja Dziarnowska POL-7: For me the racing was really interesting and exciting compared to RS:X racing, everything is going so fast, I got a little confused with the heat procedures, so I was asking a lot of unusual questions to some of the girls and I of course would like to apologize for this, but I hope some of them understand that I am here on a slalom race for the very first time. I was also really surprised with some of the girls their performances, especially Lena Erdil TUR-33 who was quite ahead of some of us and I think she has the best chance to win here as it was clearly visible already after the first heat, but hey I am happy that I got to battle it out with some of them for the second or third position.
Lilou Granier FRA-1208: My day was OK, we had great conditions and this place is so beautiful. There are a lot of good girls here, especially Lena Erdil TUR-33 but well I knew that already as I have competed with her before in New Caledonia and I feel OK with my results and looking forward to some more action.
Lena Erdil TUR-33: got injured and left the scene right after competing with huge cut on her foot.
Unfortunately we could not catch up with her Today.
To be continue…
Some highlights from the Men’s division:
DARKO ANTUNOVIć CRO-313 the local who knows the conditions best had a great start of the day advancing trough most of heats until heat #13 where he failed to qualify for the A final but that did not stop his positive consistent flow and managed to take the first position in the B final.
The up and coming young competitors such as Damien Arnoux FRA-848, Alessio Botteri PER-20 and The 2016 European Youth Slalom Champion Basile Jacquin FRA-498 fought great battles throughout the day and have shown that they are not here to play games.
Mistake of the day probably has to go to one of the most experienced sailors out there and that is no one else then the great master himself Mr. Marco Begalli ITA-415 who somehow missed to show up in the A finals.
The proud Local Hero Enrico Marotti CRO-401 a strong and fast slalom competitor who is happy to be competing on one of his favourite training locations performed on a great level and has been quite consistent, with a few great starts and great board speed he proved that he is not to be messed with. The 2016 Defending Champion Vincent Langer GER-1 enjoyed the conditions and the great competitive vibes. Smoothly passing all his heats with almost no mistakes, with a smile all day long enjoying FUN-board.
A few words from:
Alessio Botteri PER-20: I arrived here and expected a lot less, I thought it was a light wind place but it turned out to be super windy and super fun. The temperatures are perfect and I am really enjoying my time here.
Well some of the guys are really good like some of the Youths and the level is high. In this place its important not to get too excited as the winds are changing from light to strong and back and forth, I saw some people quickly changing gear and then while racing they would eventually be on the wrong gear. Today I did not change too much, I changed from 8.6 to 7.8 and kept using my big board 117Liters and a 44cm fin and I kept flying so it was a pretty comfortable set up.
Basile Jacquin FRA-498: This place is so nice and the people are super friendly, we did not race that much today but it was nice and some of the guys are really fast. Today I am happy.
Marotti CRO-401: The day was hard and I was a bit unusual to have seen quite some garbage in the water which normally is not the case here. Today it was all about the start at the pin, everyone was pushing and I managed to get some good ones. In the second round I even caught a plastic bag, I had to get off my board to take it off and get back on my board to cross the start line.. well 5 seconds late. The Final was hard me and Vincent were pushing so hard already from the start and I gave my best but he is a fast sailor. I am really satisfied with the Championship here at home, the view while sailing is amazing the water is clear and the atmosphere is nice and at the end of the day I am really happy with my performance you know it could have been worse.. so all hvala for me.
Vincent Langer GER-1: Its really amazing to be here actually and the conditions are super amazing, I was full powered up on my 8.4… I am so happy I to have won the first elimination after a great battle with the local Enrico Marotti CRO-401.
The winds continues to be great during the afternoon with winds from 18 to 25 knots causing for a busy afternoon on and off the water. Congratulations to the entire event crew and the Zoo Station Bol and its Organizers for a great event set up on such a beautiful location. The forecast according to the locals looks pretty OK and we may expect some great action again tomorrow on the second competition day.
Skippers meeting is scheduled for 10am with the first possible start set for 11am
|MEN RESULTS AFTER 1 ELIMINATION
1.GER-1 VINCENT LANGER
|WOMEN RESULTS AFTER 2 ELIMINATION
1.TUR-33 LENA ERDIL