The IFCA Slalom Windsurfing World Championships for Junior, Youths and Masters has kicked off.
Slalom eliminations and live music concerts are expected from the 17th till the 21st of June here in one of the most famous bays in the world. "Gulf of Roses" consists of beaches and coves, nature reserves and mountains, fascinating prehistoric monuments and ruins left by ancient settlers along this Mediterranean coast, museums, exceptional cuisine and an infrastructure for leisure and active tourism are its calling card.
75 competitors from 18 countries and 3 continents have signed up for this Windsurfing World Championship.
43 Youths + Juniors
Defending Champions are:
IFCA Slalom Masters World Champion 2013 Andrea Rosatti ITA-0
IFCA Slalom Youth World Champion 2013 Poyraz Akay TUR-1011
Oldest competitor: Uwe Suelter GER-633
Youngest competitor: Alejandro Lopez ESP-911
Registration day for all competitors followed by a practice race in the afternoon.
The official opening ceremony took place in the conference area at the Monte Carlo Hotel with opening words from Tourism and Government officials including Bruno de Wannemaeker, President of the International Funboard Class Association.
First skippers meeting was held after the late registrations were closed at 11am.
An unstable onshore breeze got everyone excited, a few competitors took the time to test their sails and to add some final adjustments to their set up. The first possible start was postponed and announcements were made every hour waiting for conditions suitable for racing.
The weather was changing between sunny and cloudy, but in the afternoon the dark clouds took over and the rainfall made it clear that there would not be any improvement in the conditions on the first competition day.
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On site registration is now open in the Race office at Hotel Montecarlo. Early arrivals are already testing the waters, looking forward to practice races and also to the Opening Ceremony this evening for the IFCA Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships taking place this week on the Costa Brava, Spain.
The Bay of Roses is the perfect Slalom racing area as the thermal winds from the sea and the gradient northerly Tramuntana winds assure excellent sailing conditions. 85 competitors are on the pre-entry list so the final tally looks likely to be well over a hundred.
As well as the racing, there is plenty to do and see in the "Village" where there will be a range of activities and exhibitions throughout the week.