After skippers meeting the wind was slow to build on Thursday. The girls were able to complete their round. Emilie Lallement (FRA 494) is now at the top of the leaderhoard, Andrea Vanhoorne (BEL 26) second and Lisa El Mouahidine (FRA 931) third.
Sadly, the wind dropped below 11 knots during heat 4 for the Masters so it was abandoned. Teasing winds kept the masters on standby on the water but eventually AP over A meant no more races for the day.
First Slalom Round Complete - Skippers meeting was at 10.00 am sharp. AP was up but the wind promised to be good by 1.00 pm. With 12-15 knots, conditions were perfect for the start of the first masters heat, although the course had to be set far from the beach. With 32 heats to get through, starts were fired off every five minutes. By heat 12 the wind was 15-20 knots and a shifting mark caused the heat to be recalled.
An exciting afternoon's racing sees Andrea Cucci (ITA 1) at the top of the masters leaderboard, followed by Andrea Rosato (ITA 0) second, Markus Poltenstein (AUT 30) third, Thomas Fauster (ITA 106) fourth and in fifth Marco Begalli (ITA 415).
Jordy Vonk (NED 69) was the winner of the Youth round. It is going to be tough to beat him - 7th over the starting line in the final, he finished first with a big lead. Benoit Jacquier (FRA 23) is second, Jacek Piasecki (POL 013) third, Tristan Algret (FRA 44) fourth and Tomas van Zelst (NED 28) is fifth.
Ethan Westera (ARU 4) heads up the junior fleet with Coen Swijnenburg (NED 262) in second, Justin Denel (FRA 541) third, Simon Jacquier (FRA 32) fourth and Sebastian Verhagen (ITA 997) in fifth place.
And in the girls fleet, Lisa El Mouahidine (FRA 931) leads with Emille Lallement (FRA 494) in second and Andrea Vanhoorne (BEL 26) in third place.
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At close of registration a record number competitors: 147 from 23 countries and 3 continents at the IFCA Junior Youth and Masters Slalom Worlds in Lake Garda, Circolo Surf Torbole.
After an opening party and tasting of local products on Monday evening, the serious business of competition should have started on Tuesday morning but thunderstorms killed the wind! However, as temperatures soar, the forecast is looking promising!
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