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2016 RS:X Open European Championships kicks off in Helsinki + Video

by Piret Salmistu / RS:X Class on 5 Jul 2016
Day one action - 2016 RS:X Open European Championships Robert Hajduk /
With just 32 days to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games the RS:X class started one of the class’ title events to find out the RS:X European Windsurfing Champions and RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Champions in Helsinki, Finland by Saturday, July 9th.

209 athletes from 33 nations and five continents have gathered to Helsinki to test themselves at the final title event before stepping up to the biggest challenge of all at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Quite many big names are in Rio for the final tune-up there by now. It’s especially great to see so many athletes taking part from outside the Europe; for example Japan, Oman, Hong Kong, Seyshelles, Aruba, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, here in Helsinki.

The preparations for racing at the regatta venue in Hernesaarenranta in Helsinki started already on Saturday with the registration and equipment inspection and with practice race on Sunday. While on Saturday the sailors experienced almost Mediterranean weather conditions of nearly 30 degrees temperature and great winds then the first day of racing was like from the totally different opera – this morning in Helsinki greeted the sailors with +12 degrees only mixed with some showers. Yet there was enough wind to start the racing according to the schedule at 11am.

According to the PRO Lars Nyqvist (FIN) the wind reached up to the required five knots for that time and was steady enough to set the courses for racing. It was not an easy task for the Course Race Officers on the water as the wind started to shift making a 40-degrees difference between the two courses and also started to drop as well.

Race Committee managed to execute one race for men and two races for the youth women by lunchtime, but then wind died eventually and kept the athletes waiting ashore until the next announcements. Since 4pm the wind picked up again but was not stable enough to start racing until 5pm the Race Committee gave another try to themselves and the sailors to attempt the next races. They were successful to start the racing finally, but as the wind died entirely, the race was abandoned and the racing will continue on Tuesday where there’s more wind forecasted.

Among men, who are divided into two fleets, the bullets were taken in both fleets by Polish athletes – 2015 European Champion and the current World Sailing ranking leader Pawel Tarnowski and Przemyslaw Tarnowski, 2014 ISAF Worlds’ Silver in Santander. They were followed by Kieran Holmes-Martin from Great Britain, who is in the World Sailing current ranking on the 11th position and French Thomas Goyard, whose best result has been Bronze medal from the 2014 ISAF Worlds in Santander.

Third results have been achieved by Tom Squires from Great Britain, who was showing fourth results at the Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland in UK last month and by Mattia Cambioni, being at the same time the best in Men U21 division.

Youth Women’s division, where there are 25 athletes competing, got two races sailed today. Israel young women has been taking the double lead here with the 2015 Youth European Champion Noy Drihan taking two bullets today followed by 2015 Youth Europeans’ seventh, Shoval Ravitzky with two fourth results. On the third position is Mariam Sekhposyan from Russia, last year’s Youth Europeans’ fourth, starting the series with third and seventh results today.

Unfortunately no races were done for women and young men today.

There will be a maximum thirteen races in a series over five race days. The regatta will consist of an Opening Series and, provided a minimum of six races have been completed in the Opening Series, a Medal Race. Men and Youth Men Opening Series’ are split in the Qualifying Series and in the Final Series. The top ten at the end of the Opening Series will advance to the Medal Race. On the last day one Medal Race is scheduled with one further Opening Series race for those not assigned to the Medal Race.

2016 RS:X European Europeans Windsurfing Championships and Open Trophy - Men
Rank QFleet Region NAT Sail No Sailor U21 Nett Total Q1
1st Blue EU POL-182 Pawel Tarnowski   1.0 1.0 1.0
1st Yellow EU POL-126 Przemyslaw Miarczynski   1.0 1.0 1.0
3rd Blue EU GBR-11 Kieran Holmes-Martin   2.0 2.0 2.0
3rd Yellow EU FRA-3 Thomas Goyard   2.0 2.0 2.0
5th Yellow EU ITA-88 Mattia Camboni U21 3.0 3.0 3.0
5th Blue EU GBR-2 Tom Squires   3.0 3.0 3.0
7th Blue EU ITA-60 Daniele Benedetti   4.0 4.0 4.0
7th Yellow EU POL-26 Dawid Furmanski   4.0 4.0 4.0
9th Yellow EU POL-28 Radoslaw Furmanski U21 5.0 5.0 5.0
9th Blue EU POL-11 Marcin Urbanowicz   5.0 5.0 5.0
11th Blue EU FRA-53 Clement Bourgeois U21 6.0 6.0 6.0
11th Yellow EU GBR-49 Joe Bennett   6.0 6.0 6.0
13th Yellow EU BLR-714 Mikita Tsirkun U21 7.0 7.0 7.0
13th Blue EU ISR-21 Nimrod Mashiah   7.0 7.0 7.0
15th Yellow EU ISR-24 Yoav Omer U21 8.0 8.0 8.0
15th Blue ROW HKG-6 Chun Ting Lee   8.0 8.0 8.0
17th Blue EU FRA-244 Corentin Guevel U21 9.0 9.0 9.0
17th Yellow EU NOR-7 Sebastian Wang-Hansen   9.0 9.0 9.0
19th Yellow EU POL-30 Maciej Kluszczynski U21 10.0 10.0 10.0
19th Blue EU RUS-7 Aleksandr Askerov   10.0 10.0 10.0
21st Blue EU FRA-7 Adrien Mestre U21 11.0 11.0 11.0
21st Yellow EU SUI-36 Mateo Sanz Lanz   11.0 11.0 11.0
23rd Blue EU ISR-8 Ofek Elmelch U21 12.0 12.0 12.0
23rd Yellow EU ESP-3 Joan Carles Cardona Bocarando   12.0 12.0 12.0
25th Blue EU FRA-51 Igor De L'hermite   13.0 13.0 13.0
25th Yellow EU NED-18 Matthijs Van 'T Hoff   13.0 13.0 13.0
27th Yellow EU ESP-1 Sergi Escandell Mari   14.0 14.0 14.0
27th Blue EU LTU-1 Juozas Bernotas   14.0 14.0 14.0
29th Blue EU FRA-10 Oel Pouliquen U21 15.0 15.0 15.0
29th Yellow EU BLR-766 Artiom Javadav U21 15.0 15.0 15.0
31st Yellow EU FRA-34 Paul Rozier   16.0 16.0 16.0
31st Blue ROW JPN-910 Akira Kudo   16.0 16.0 16.0
33rd Yellow EU NOR-510 Sjur Funnemark U21 17.0 17.0 17.0
33rd Blue EU FRA-89 Beudaert-Ugolini Corentin U21 17.0 17.0 17.0
35th Yellow ROW THA-6 Natthaphong Phonoppharat   18.0 18.0 18.0
35th Blue EU GBR-983 Matthew Barton   18.0 18.0 18.0
37th Yellow ROW MEX-11 Ignacio Berenguer   19.0 19.0 19.0
37th Blue EU RUS-3 Evgeny Ayvazyan U21 19.0 19.0 19.0
39th Blue ROW JPN-15 Yuma Itabisashi   20.0 20.0 20.0
39th Yellow ROW HKG-10 Rafeek Kikabhoy U21 20.0 20.0 20.0
41st Yellow EU ESP-70 Toni Bonet Macias U21 21.0 21.0 21.0
41st Blue EU UKR-13 Oleksandr Tugaryev   21.0 21.0 21.0
43rd Blue EU NOR-57 Arthur Ulrichsen U21 22.0 22.0 22.0
43rd Yellow EU POR-7 Joao Rodrigues   22.0 22.0 22.0
45th Blue EU ITA-38 Michele Cittadini U21 23.0 23.0 23.0
45th Yellow ROW JPN-54 Kuramochi Daiya   23.0 23.0 23.0
47th Blue EU FRA-88 Trevor Caraes U21 24.0 24.0 24.0
47th Yellow EU ESP-260 Angel Granda Roque U21 24.0 24.0 24.0
49th Blue ROW OMA-1 Waleed Al-Kindi   25.0 25.0 25.0
50th Yellow EU GBR-749 Robert York U21 26.0 26.0 26.0
50th Yellow ROW JPN-5 Kensei Ikeda   26.0 26.0 26.0 SCP
50th Blue ROW JPN-111 Jun Ogawa   26.0 26.0 26.0
53rd Blue EU SWE-141 Victor Borlin U21 27.0 27.0 27.0
53rd Yellow EU GER-2 Johannes Girke   27.0 27.0 27.0
55th Yellow EU ESP-4 Tomas Vieito Cobian   28.0 28.0 28.0
55th Blue EU TUR-399 Onur Cavit Biriz U21 28.0 28.0 28.0
57th Yellow ROW BRA-70 Brenno Mendonca Francioli U21 29.0 29.0 29.0
58th Blue EU EST-100 Marcus Pertelson U21 30.0 30.0 30.0
58th Blue EU SUI-63 Elia Colombo   30.0 30.0 30.0 SCP
58th Yellow EU RUS-0 Andrey Zagainov U21 30.0 30.0 30.0
61st Yellow ROW SEY-1 Jean-Marc Gardette   31.0 31.0 31.0
62nd Yellow EU GBR-6 Dan Wilson U21 32.0 32.0 32.0
63rd Yellow EU UKR-11 Vyacheslav Rovetskyy U21 33.0 33.0 33.0
64th Blue EU SWE-78 Jonas Davidson Vitell   34.0 34.0 34.0 DNF
64th Blue EU CRO-751 Luka Mratovic   34.0 34.0 34.0 DSQ

2016 RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships and Open Trophy - Youth Women
Rank Region NAT Sail No Sailor U17 Nett Total R1 R2
1st EU ISR-20 Noy Drihan   2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0
2nd EU ISR-65 Shoval Ravitzky   8.0 8.0 4.0 4.0
3rd EU RUS-13 Mariam Sekhposyan   10.0 10.0 3.0 7.0
4th EU ISR-26 Yarden Isaak   12.0 12.0 7.0 5.0
5th ROW HKG-31 Wing Chi Sandy Choi   13.0 13.0 2.0 11.0
6th EU FRA-998 Olivia Rosique   14.0 14.0 11.0 3.0
7th EU NED-218 Aimee Van T Hoff   16.0 16.0 10.0 6.0
8th EU FRA-44 Olivier Camille   18.0 18.0 5.0 13.0
9th EU ITA-1 Giorgia Speciale U17 19.0 19.0 17.0 2.0
10th EU ISR-6 Paz Mali   22.0 22.0 13.0 9.0
11th EU FRA-20 Pianazza Lucie   23.0 23.0 9.0 14.0
12th EU FRA-833 Rachel Chapot   24.0 24.0 6.0 18.0
13th EU FRA-66 Oceane Montaut   28.0 28.0 8.0 20.0
14th EU ISR-7 Maya Morris   30.0 30.0 22.0 8.0
15th EU ITA-5 Desire' Tumbarello   31.0 31.0 14.0 17.0
16th EU FRA-73 Armelle Fichou   33.0 33.0 23.0 10.0
17th EU ISR-32 Katy Spychakov   34.0 34.0 18.0 16.0
18th EU POL-134 Weronika Marciniak U17 36.0 36.0 12.0 24.0
19th ROW JPN-1113 Rina Niijima   36.0 36.0 21.0 15.0
20th EU POL-114 Magdalena Majewska   36.0 36.0 15.0 21.0
21st EU LAT-151 Ketija Birzule   37.0 37.0 25.0 12.0
22nd EU GBR-526 Erin Watson   38.0 38.0 16.0 22.0
23rd EU GBR-714 Emily Hall   38.0 38.0 19.0 19.0
24th EU GBR-358 Lily Young   45.0 45.0 20.0 25.0
25th EU TUR-703 Derin Gunenc   47.0 47.0 24.0 23.0
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