IFCA Slalom World Championship Azores overall

IFCA Slalom World Championship Azores 2014
The IFCA Slalom World Championship 2014 Opening Ceremony took place on the event site with some nice BBQ and music. A welcome by from the Mayor's representative was followed by words from the events Principal Race Officer, Bruno de Wannemaeker.

57 entries from 18 nations representing three continents included the top five from the 2013 Worlds in Germany: World Champion Gunnar Asmussen (GER-88) from Flensburg, Vincent Langer (GER-122) from Kiel, Dutchman Jordy Vonk, Sebastian Kornum from Denmark and Maciej Rutkowski from Poland, head of the IFCA World Slalom Ranking List. Also Italian Andrea Rosati, 2013 IFCA Masters Slalom World Champion, and 2012 Slalom World Champion, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel from Argentina.

After the late registrations were done the first official skippers meeting was held at 12:00. Sadly the wind was very light and all competitors were on standby until further notice.

Day two started out as before with some clouds and a light breeze. After the 9am skippers meeting the AP flag went up, competitors were on standby as very tricky unstable winds blew from 5 knots to 20 knots out on the course area.

Some competitors took time to prepare their gear and most of them went out for a test run on their biggest sails. Several times the wind seemed to be kicking in but, it just would not cover the whole course area and even if it did, it did not last too long either.

Carlos Borges and his event committee provided a great event in a beautiful location. Race Director, Bruno de Wannemaeker, and his Race Committee spent endless hours out on the water looking for wind. They made the best of the small window of opportunity to secure a valid championship with some spectacular nail-biting action. - IFCA Slalom World Championship Azores 2014
The event's Principal Race Officer, Bruno de Wannemaeker, and the event organizer, Carlos Borges, took a rib drive around the point of the coastline and discovered that the wind and the sun were smiling and having fun around the corner at Porto Martines. The conditions looked more stable than the scheduled course area thus was a proposal made by the organizer to move the event area in the morning to make the best out of the predicted forecast. Big Trucks would be ready early in the morning to transport the competitors and their gear to another location nearby. A new course would be set at the new location and hopefully the first races of this event would kick off.

Race Officials went out by boat towards Porto Martins before the 8am scheduled meeting for the riders on another early Azorean morning on the third event day. The crew found Porto Martins wind measurements on the outside 9 to 14 knots, Porto Martins wind measurements on the inside 5 to 11 knots.

The decision was announced at 8am: too much of a risk to transport all 57 competitors and more than 100 board bags to the proposed location so, a few sails had to be re-rigged and competitors were put on standby mode throughout the day until conditions became suitable for an official race.

Some made use of the waiting period to test their equipment in the light and gusty conditions on the course area, while the water crew constantly measured the wind conditions on several locations. The predicted winds failed to show up and racing was eventually called off for the day. It seemed pointless looking at the next day’s forecast .... 'let's just wait and see'.

Day Four in the beautiful Azores and we finally got wind and some racing!

After the previous 'will it, won't it' day when the winds were just not that good enough for official competition, the ever hopeful race crew made a few changes to the course in anticipation of a good day and the ladies were scheduled to start first.

It was a long morning watching the gusts coming through but the sun was shining on the competition and eventually the announcement from the Race Officer everyone was waiting for: 'winds are 15 to 30 knots and the conditions are beautiful for some racing!'

María Andrés, Delphine Cousin and Lena Erdil at Praia da Vitória. - IFCA Slalom World Championship Azores 2014

The action was finally on - fast and furious heats were fired off. The wind gods were keeping everyone on their toes, competitors were on a range of 7.0 to 8.5 sails. Just occasionally the wind dropped - heat 11 was abandoned due to lack of wind at the start - but these tricky shifty winds made for exciting racing for competitors and spectators alike.

Vincent Langer, Ben Van Der Steen and Matteo Iachino at Praia da Vitória. - IFCA Slalom World Championship Azores 2014

Ben van der Steen from the Netherlands came out on top at the end of the day with Italian Matteo Iachino in second. It was a very close call for third and it appeared that Israeli Dagan Arnon was there but subsequent video review put German Vincent Langer in third place. Delphine Cousin headed the ladies leaderboard.

Everyone was praying for wind for the final championship day. The skippers meeting was held at 09.00 as usual with the last possible start scheduled for 17:00.

'The wind really sucks' summed up the whole day, competitors being on standby until the next announcement at 13.00. There was no change so competitors decided it was de-rigging and packing time and looked forward to the Awards Ceremony casual style in the evening.

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Final Result Men v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}

RANK

 

SAIL

 

NAME

 

DIVISION

 

BOARD

 

SAIL

 

EL1

 

EL2

 

EL3

 

EL4

 

TOT

 

1

 

NED-57

 

BennyvanderSteen

 

senior

 

Tabou

 

GASails

 

0,7

 

 

 

 

0,7

 

2

 

ITA-140

 

MatteoIachino

 

senior

 

Fanatic

 

NorthSails

 

2

 

 

 

 

2

 

3

 

GER-1

 

VincentLanger

 

senior

 

RRD

 

Point7

 

3

 

 

 

 

3

 

4

 

ISR-1

 

DaganArnon

 

master

 

RRD

 

NeilPryde

 

4

 

 

 

 

4

 

5

 

FRA-916

 

PascalToselli

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

Point7

 

5

 

 

 

 

5

 

6

 

GER-88

 

GunnarAsmussen

 

master

 

Patrik

 

Northsails

 

6

 

 

 

 

6

 

7

 

AUS-0

 

StephenAllen

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

7

 

 

 

 

7

 

8

 

ARG-3

 

GonzaloCostaHoevel

 

master

 

Starboard

 

LoftSails

 

8

 

 

 

 

8

 

9

 

FRA-99

 

AntoineQuestel

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

LoftSails

 

9

 

 

 

 

9

 

10

 

FRA-14

 

PierreMortefon

 

senior

 

Fanatic

 

Northsails

 

10

 

 

 

 

10

 

11

 

ESP-12

 

LudoJossin

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

LoftSails

 

11

 

 

 

 

11

 

12

 

BRA-767

 

IsaacMateus

 

senior

 

JP

 

NeilPryde

 

12

 

 

 

 

12

 

13

 

FRA-531

 

NicolasWarembourg

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

LoftSails

 

13

 

 

 

 

13

 

14

 

ITA-7777

 

MalteReuscher

 

senior

 

RRD

 

Chalanger

 

14

 

 

 

 

14

 

15

 

NED-52

 

CasperBouman

 

senior

 

Angulo

 

NeilPryde

 

15

 

 

 

 

15

 

16

 

FRA-71

 

CyrilMoussilmani

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

LoftSails

 

16

 

 

 

 

16

 

17

 

ITA-1111

 

AndreaFerin

 

senior

 

RRD

 

Chalanger

 

17

 

 

 

 

17

 

18

 

LAT-23

 

JanisPreiss

 

master

 

Tabou

 

GASails

 

18

 

 

 

 

18

 

19

 

DEN-26

 

ChristianJustesen

 

senior

 

RRD

 

Point7

 

19

 

 

 

 

19

 

20

 

DEN-24

 

SebastianKornum

 

senior

 

JP

 

NeilPryde

 

20

 

 

 

 

20

 

21

 

ESP-71

 

FernandoMartinezdC

 

master

 

Patrik

 

Severne

 

21

 

 

 

 

21

 

22

 

POL-23

 

MaciekRutkowski

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

Point7

 

22

 

 

 

 

22

 

23

 

NED-69

 

JordyVonk

 

senior

 

F2

 

Point7

 

23

 

 

 

 

23

 

24

 

ITA-0

 

AndreaRosati

 

master

 

RRD

 

NeilPryde

 

24

 

 

 

 

24

 

25

 

MRI-1

 

JulienMaurel

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

LoftSails

 

25

 

 

 

 

25

 

26

 

FRA-86

 

DamienLeGuen

 

senior

 

Exocet

 

XOSails

 

26

 

 

 

 

26

 

27

 

POR-13

 

MartimMonteiro

 

senior

 

Angulo

 

GunSails

 

27

 

 

 

 

27

 

28

 

FRA-511

 

SebastienBonhommeA

 

senior

 

F2

 

Avanti

 

28

 

 

 

 

28

 

29

 

AUT-226

 

ChrisPressler

 

master

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

29

 

 

 

 

29

 

30

 

TUR-74

 

Ali SinanGerzile

 

master

 

RRD

 

Maui Sails

 

30

 

 

 

 

30

 

31

 

FRA-823

 

ValentinBrault

 

senior

 

Exocet

 

XOSails

 

31

 

 

 

 

31

 

32

 

POL-16

 

MichalPolanowski

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

32

 

 

 

 

32

 

33

 

NB-20

 

AmadoVrieswijk

 

youth

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

33

 

 

 

 

33

 

34

 

FRA-873

 

JocelynDeSouza

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

LoftSails

 

34

 

 

 

 

34

 

35

 

GRE-28

 

SkarlatosNicols

 

master

 

JP

 

NeilPryde

 

35

 

 

 

 

35

 

36

 

POL-48

 

MrocaynskiWojtek

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

Point7

 

36

 

 

 

 

36

 

37

 

CUR-2

 

AronEtmon

 

youth

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

37

 

 

 

 

37

 

38

 

POR-3

 

JosePedroMonteiro

 

grandmaster

 

Angulo

 

Point7

 

38

 

 

 

 

38

 

39

 

POR-24

 

PedroSoares

 

master

 

Starboard

 

Gaastra

 

39

 

 

 

 

39

 

40

 

ITA-160

 

BrunoMartini

 

senior

 

RRD

 

RRDSails

 

40

 

 

 

 

40

 

41

 

POR-711

 

MarioMedeirosSabao

 

master

 

JP

 

Severne

 

41

 

 

 

 

41

 

42

 

POR-38

 

MonizTiciano

 

master

 

Fanatic

 

NeilPryde

 

42

 

 

 

 

42

 

43

 

POR-120

 

CostaPaulo

 

master

 

Mistral

 

NeilPryde

 

43

 

 

 

 

43

 

44

 

GRE-1

 

PhilipAdamidis

 

grandmaster

 

Starboard

 

Maui Sails

 

44

 

 

 

 

44

 

45

 

POR-70

 

Leal Rui

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

45

 

 

 

 

45

 

46

 

GRE-13

 

KostasStamboulis

 

master

 

Starboard

 

Chalanger

 

46

 

 

 

 

46

 

47

 

POR-21

 

AntónioGalvão

 

master

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

47

 

 

 

 

47

 

48

 

POR-41

 

PedroBorges

 

grandmaster

 

Starboard

 

Gaastra

 

48

 

 

 

 

48

 

49

 

POR-72

 

MoreiraSaul

 

master

 

Fanatic

 

Severne

 

49

 

 

 

 

49

 

50

 

GRE-192

 

AlexandrosPoupalos

 

master

 

Starboard

 

Chalanger

 

52

 

 

 

 

52

 

51

 

ITA-415

 

MarcoBegalli

 

grandmaster

 

Starboard

 

Severne

 

52

 

 

 

 

52

 

52

 

POR-77

 

MarioLima

 

master

 

Starboard

 

Avanti

 

52

 

 

 

 

52

 

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RANK

 

SAIL

 

NAME

 

DIVISION

 

BOARD

 

SAIL

 

EL1

 

EL2

 

EL3

 

EL4

 

EL5

 

EL6

 

TOT

 

DISC1

 

NETTO

 

1

 

FRA-775

 

DelphineCousin

 

senior

 

Starboard

 

LoftSails

 

4

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

6

 

4

 

2

 

2

 

TUR-33

 

LenaAylinErdil

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

LoftSails

 

1

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

5

 

2

 

3

 

3

 

ESP-2

 

MariaAndres

 

senior

 

Patrik

 

GunSails

 

2

 

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

8

 

3

 

5

 

4

 

GRE-28

 

GellySkarlatou

 

master

 

JP

 

NeilPryde

 

3

 

4

 

4

 

 

 

 

11

 

4

 

7

 

5

 

POR-36

 

Moniz Helia

 

master

 

Starboard

 

NeilPryde

 

5

 

5

 

5

 

 

 

 

15

 

5

 

10

 

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