The second competition day started just like the day before, smooth with the first skippers meeting at 10am. A few protests from the previous day were being evaluated and one of them was the start of Nicolas Goyard (with video footage) during the semi finals in elimination 2. He got a redress and scored a slot in the youth finals.
The thermal winds arrived earlier then expected and the final rounds of elimination 2 could finally continue for all divisions in winds from 16 to 18 knots.
Elimination 3 started right after the lunch break with great conditions for slalom racing. FRA-465 Nicolas Goyard dominated the Youth devision with clear starts and great board speed in both eliminations.
FRA-888 Jimmy Thieme had a great day and beat yesterday's elimination 1 winner FRA-820 Benjamin Adjihou. Not so far behind we have the talented Italian kido ITA-353 Francesco Scagliola with his great jibes.
A happy day for AUT-30 Markus Poltenstein who showed a consistent performance in both eliminations. ESP-0 Alejandro Alcazar Rodriguez did not manage to perform like the day before but managed to stay close to the first position and is definitely one of the strong ones among the masters.
top 5 Results after 3 eliminations in the following divisions:
1 FRA-888 Jimmy Thieme
2 ITA-353 Francesco Scagliola
3 FRA-820 Benjamin Adjihou
4 FRA-673 Yann Brancato
5 NED-2 Jakob Kooij
1 FRA-465 Nicolas Goyard
2 SLO-9 Jan Kosmina
3 FRA-848 Damien Arnoux
4 FRA-498 Basile Jacquin
5 FRA-9 Louis Rigaut
AUT-30 Markus Poltenstein
ESP-0 Alejandro Alcazar Rodriguez
FRA-808 Eric Thieme
FRA-163 Wilfried Vanherweghe
ITA-125 Giorgio Giorgi
FRA-312 Marie-Eugenie Simonet
FRA-425 Dora Bijvoet
FRA-582 Lisa Godon
FRA-946 Heloise Macquaert
FRA-1026 Mae Davico
The day continued with decreasing winds from 20 to 14 knots and elimination 4 started in the late afternoon until the wind dropped down to below the limit which is 11 knots for slalom racing.
The third competition day started with very grey skies and like every day with the skippers meeting at 10am. Yesterday's elimination 4 is still not completed. The Youths, Juniors and Masters sailed the first 4 heats except the Masters division made it just to heat 3 as heat 4 got cancelled due to too light winds at the end of day 2.
The wind is expected to return early tomorrow morning, competitors are excited and look forward to some more slalom action and another elimination to profit from another discard to be given after the 5th elimination.
From tomorrow onwards the top 3 competitors in each division will compete with a coloured Lycra in the following colours: yellow for the first position, blue for the second position and red for the third position.
Today was a relaxing day for the 2015 IFCA Junior, Youth and Masters Slalom European Championships here in Hyeres, Almanarre Plage.
Tomorrow the first skippers meeting of the first racing day is scheduled at 9am with the first start at 9:30.
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