Around 18 knots and flat water caused perfect conditions on Day 2. The B Final of the third elimination was the first race for Philip Adamidis from Greece, who had difficulties with his flight and missed the first day. It didn't take him long time to get used to the conditions in Soma Bay and he scored second place behind Erkan Morgan from Turkey, who was the leader in the total results so far.
In the Juniors & Youth category Peter Nors from Norway, who became 18 years old today, had a very good day winning two heats. Congratulations! After a photo finish in elimination 4 of the Masters and Grandmasters, the judges decided to postpone the second half of the fifth elimination to the next day, because the wind went below 11 knots.
In the current ranking list Marco Begalli (ITA-415) was still at the top with a total of 2,1 points followed by Morgan Erkan (TUR-611) with 3,4 points and Markus Purwitzer (AUT-5) third with 8 points. Peter Mueller (GER-289) was still in the race in fourth place with 9 points.
The competitors were very satisfied with the second day and were looking forward to further, spectacular heats on the 3rd day of the IFCA Slalom World Championships.
The third day of the competition started like the second day with a B Final, which could not be completed the day before. The wind was slightly gusty around 20 knots, but it blasted longer than the previous days, hence it was possible to complete 4 Masters and Grandmasters eliminations and 8 Youth eliminations today.
In the Masters & Grandmasters category the top of the ranking changed, because Marco Begalli committed a second false start in a final, which dropped him to second behind the new leader Erkan Morgan from Turkey. The two had the same number of points, but Morgan had a better discard, which seemed to lead to some more exciting heats!
Francesco Scagliola extended his lead in the Youth category. With 10 victories out of 18 eliminations he was top of the ranking, whereas Peter Nors, who won several times on the second racing day, had more difficulties today. In the ranking he is now closer to Tim Turpin from France, who caught a good day and a few victories.
After 26 heats in total in warm and clear water with good wind conditions the competitors were exhausted and satisfied and chatted together with delicious pasta from the pasta bar at the beach, delivered by the Hotel Palm Royale Resort every day free of charge for all the competitors.
The forecast predicts the last two racing days will be less windy than the previous ones, but anyway everyone is excited to see some more amazing heats in the Soma Bay!!!