A summery day welcomed the competitors and visitors on the first racing day with wind readings of 8 to 13 knots, weather partly cloudy with temperatures around the 16-18 C°.
The first skippers meeting took place at 9am and competitors were put on standby until the conditions would be suitable enough for racing. Shortly after midday the wind conditions slowly started to improve and some competitors went out to give it a try with expectations of racing as the conditions positively continued to improve
Later in the afternoon the action was full on and thousands of spectators gathered on the boulevard to watch as the races finally took off with wowed crowd reactions due to a few crashes that were happening right at the finish line that was set near to the shore break.
The current German Champion Vincent Langer GER-1 showed excellent performance, advancing through every heat sailed with a 1st position with good starts and tight jibes in light to medium Sylt conditions.
Nicolas Warembourg FRA-531 "Defi Wind's runner up finalist" was never far behind and is one to keep an eye on in the upcoming racing days.
Nicolas Goyard FRA-465, 2015 IFCA Slalom Youth World Champion, the up and coming talent on the slalom scene with consistent performances today and surely with one of the best starts at the start line. Another competitor of interest in this Championship event.
Today's disappointments for the following competitors:
Ethan Westera ARU-4 not advancing already in his first heat and the reason is still unclear.
Marco Begalli ITA-415 having a tough day missing the finals by 1 spot.
Gunnar Asmussen GER-88 with great performances until the semi finals where he took the 8th position and advanced to the B finals instead.
Alessio Botteri PER-20 and Nik Van den Eerenbeemt ARU-9 both talented youths just not making the A finals as they were surely among the strong competitors in today's racing.
For the Women it was a smooth day with Lena Erdil TUR-33 winning both rounds at ease followed by Maria Andres ESP-2 who comfortably took second place in the 2 rounds sailed today.
A great first day for The Volvo Surf Cup 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championship with a full elimination completed for the Men's division and 2 rounds sailed for the Women's division.
The Skippers meeting tomorrow will be at 09:30 with the first possible start at 10:15.
Congratulations to the local organizing crew for a successful first day of racing.
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Men's Top 10 Finalists after 1 Elimination:
1. Vincent Langer GER-1
2. Nicolas Warembourg FRA-531
3. Sebastian Kornum DEN-24
4. Nicolas Goyard FRA-465
5. Andrea Ferin ITA-1111
6. Gunnar Asmussen GER-88
7. Ingmar Daldorf NED-191
8. Dennis Mueller GER-89
9. Nicolas Prien GER-7
10. Pierre Macquaert FRA-945
Women's Results after 2 Rounds:
1. Lena Erdil TUR-33
2. Maria Andres ESP-2
3. Esther de Geus NED-16
4. Anissa Morath DEN-85
5. Marine Hunter FRA-181
6. Annika Valkna EST-146
7. Nimet Tulumen TUR-753
8. Andrea Vanhoorne BEL-26
9. Jenna Gibson GBR-9997
10. Steffi Wahl GER-303