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Competition/NorthAm RSX RS1 T293 14

2014 CANCUN NORTH AMERICAN WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS

including the
2014 RS:X NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
2014 RS:One NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
2014 TECHNO 293 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
20th to 23rd February 2014  - Puerto Cancun Marina, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

2014 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES QUALIFICATION EVENT for T293
2015 PAN-AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFICATION EVENT FOR RS:X CLASS

Final Results :
Techno 293 / RS:X 

EVENT WEBSITE

Photos by Patrik Pollak

FULL EVENT REPORT (pdf)

Steve Cramer Report

      

      
Right Down to the Wire in Cancun!

Three races on the final day to complete the championship with eleven races in total for the Techno 293 sailors and a full complement of twelve for the RS:X Fleets.  Right until the last race nothing was sure, well except maybe the RS:X Men and Women's champions and the fact that all had a great time here in Cancun.

The American team had already secured the first qualifying place for the Youth Olympic Games but the fight for the second qualifying place went right down to the wire. Yesterday, Mexico was ahead of Aruba by just one point with Puerto Rico behind by only two points, so it was a really close tough fight.

Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt came ashore triumphantly shouting "Aruba!!" after taking all three bullets of the day with the wind in his favour, thus claiming the coveted second qualifying place for his country.

On the podium, American brothers Maximo and Geronimo Nores switched places again whilst fellow American Steven Cramer managed to cling on to the third place by just one point ahead of Mack.

First girl Mariana Aguilar maintained her overall 7th position even though she does better in lighter winds.  She also qualified Mexico for a spot in the girls Techno 293 fleet at Nanjing 2014.

In the RS:X fleets, Brazilian Ricardo Santos and Mexican Demita Vega are undisputed Men's and Women's Champions.  In the 9.5, Mexican Ignacio Berenger took second place, pushing fellow countryman David Mier y Teran down to third.

Over in the 8.5 fleet the podium places belonged to Mexico.  Nicole Level finished the championship with a flourish, siezing the last bullet and taking second place on the podium.  Juan Varela, four points behind and third overall, was the first youth male.

The Championships drew to a close with a fabulous poolside party and prize giving.  There is no doubt that the competitors have thoroughly enjoyed this first class competition in such excellent surroundings.  They have had a variety of wind conditions - something for everyone - which has made for nail-biting drama as the leaderboard changed daily.  The organisation and hospitality has been second to none. 

And the final word from Carlos Padilla Becerra, President of the Mexican Olympic Committee: "I would like to wish all the competitors the best, I hope you all felt right at home here in Mexico and we hope to see you again real soon."

Final Results : Techno 293 / RS:X 

Check out highlights from the final day here

Techno 293 Podium USA Domination!

Just two races on day three in light conditions for the Techno 293 Fleet.  The boys from the USA are hammering the competition with brothers Geronimo and Maximo Nores in first and second and Steven Cramer in third.  The sibling rivalry is intense as it was Maximo in the top spot yesterday!  We also learnt yesterday that Steven loves these conditions and proved that with two more bullets today. 

These three podium hoggers are a clear 14 points ahead of their nearest rivals.  However, the Windguru forecast for the final day is for stronger winds again so the final places are by no means certain.  A lot could happen right the way down the fleet as there are some very interesting battles going on.  Excitement builds!

First girl Mariana Aguilar is working her way up the overall leaderboard and is now in 7th place whilst Adolfo de la O is holding his own as first junior.

Many kids now are progressing from Techno to the Olympic level. Ricardo Santos from Brazil: "I love this class, it is amazing to watch them.  It is one of the best classes in the sailing world, just like the Optimist.  It's nice to watch them race, a really high level, starts are good, lay-line is good, they are all really good sailors.  I am happy for them and I think it is amazing when you see 450 sailors at the worlds."

Results after 8 races

Video Day 3

Three races for the RS:X Fleets.  Ricardo Santos is the undoubted champion of the RS:X 9.5 fleet stretching his lead to 11 points ahead of his closest rival with two bullets and a second today.  The real battle is between the Mexicans, David Mier y Teran and Ignacio Berenger, as to who will take silver and who will have to settle for bronze.  Just one point separates these two after David beat Ricardo to take the bullet in the second race of the day. 

Demita Vega is also untouchable in the 8.5 fleet but allowed Mexican Youth Juan Varela to beat her over the line and he moves up to second place overall.  We now have two Mexican ladies on the podium as Nicole Level steps up to third.  This means that yesterday's second placed Brenno Francioli has fallen down to fourth. 

As we move into the last day, the battle is on!

Results after 9 races

This is a great event, not only the quality of competition but also a wonderful venue for it.  Carlos Padilla Becerra, President of the Mexican Olympic Committee:  "We are lucky that nature has afforded us the luxury of this scenery and, together with a great organisation, international associations and the Mexican Federation, we are looking forward to staging many more events of this type at an international level."

Light Wind Specialists' Chance to Shine

The second day of the North American Championships dawned as expected with warm sunny breezes and the beautiful turquoise waters beckoned.  A chance for the light wind specialists to shine in the second and third races today.

First girl Mariana Aguilar MEX-66 has moved up the overall ranking from 11th to 8th, really pleased with her third and second places.  She would have liked to win but the boys were "just pumping and pumping and I couldn't get to them".

Steven Cramer took two bullets sending him three places up the leaderboard, now just two points off the podium in fourth place.  "I love these conditions, this is what we train in in Miami.  I want to keep myself ahead of the fleet and work with my team mates just to make sure we get a spot.  The other days might have different conditions."

Two points now separate the Nores brothers on the podium.  Maximo took the first bullet of the day, then had to settle for a seventh which has been discarded, then a third.  Geronimo in second place has consistent  two's and three's, discarding a fourth.  Mac Van Den Eerenbeemt is not a fan of the light wind conditions.  He came second in the first race of the day but then an eighth and a ninth (discarded) were the best he could do as the wind lessened.

The junior boys are sliding down the leaderboard.  Mexican Adolfo de la O is now first junior boy with a healthy 6 point lead over Manuel Nores.

Full T293 Results / Today's Video

Perfect scores at the top of the RS:X 9.5 and 8.5 leaderboards.  Demita Vega MEX-9 has not lost a single race so far in this championship but yesterday's second placed Mario Flores had a disastrous last race (now discarded) and slid down to fifth overall.  Brenno Francioli (BRA-70) has moved up take Mario's place while Mexican Juan Varela now occupies the third podium spot.  Mexican lady Nicole Level obviously enjoys the lighter wind as demonstrated by her improving results, just one point behind along with Mario, both eager to knock Juan back off the podium.

Ricardo Santos (BRA-1) has a perfect score of 5 but allowed David Mier y Teran (MEX-1) his moment of glory, first over the line for the last race of the day.  There was a lot of movement on the 9.5 leaderboard.  Yesterday's second placed Carson Crain did not fare well and slid down to fifth place.  Ignacio Berenger has stepped up to take his place and David is now third.

Half way through the Championship, the first places on the podiums appear to be unassailable but everyone else in the fleets has all to play for!

Full RS:X Results

Excellent Start to the North American Championships

68 competitors from 8 countries: USA, Aruba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru and Canada are taking part in the North American Windsurfing Championships for the RS:X and Techno 293 Classes.  All were given a very warm welcome, then a colourful display of traditional dancing before the obligatory group photo call; all eagerly anticipating the imminent start of competition. 

On competition day one, after the formalities of registration, measurement and the skippers meeting, competitors took to the water.  The course area was set close to the shore with the finish line just 20 metres from the beach - perfect for the spectators lining the shore.

In the Techno fleet, the first two bullets of the day were taken by Mac Van Den Eerenbeemt ARU-11 but he made a mistake in the third race which cost him 5 places.

"It was really good, I was first upwind then downwind but I thought I had to finish and went back to the shore!  I realised I still had one more lap to do and went back on the water, but couldn't get my first place back although I overtook one or two."  Mac shrugged off his mistake and said, "It was a good day with strong wind and I think I will be okay in the lighter winds too if I pump really hard and do my best."

American brothers, Maximo (USA-102) and Geronimo Nores (USA-09) are first and second overall on the Techno 293 leaderboard, consistency being the key.  Maximo took the third bullet and is just one point ahead of Geronimo, who is one point ahead of philosophical Mac. 

There are just four girls in this championship but 1st girl, Mariana Aguilar (MEX-28) is also a very consistent sailor currently sitting in 11th overall.  First junior is Manuel Nores, 12th overall.

Over in the RS:X Fleet, Mexican lady Demita Vega dominates the 8.5 leaderboard with three bullets, an impressive 7 points clear of Mexican Youth Mario Flores, who is just one point ahead of Brazilian Youth Benno Francioli.

Brazilian Ricardo Santos has three bullets and is five points clear of the American, Carson Crain who was beaten twice by Mexican Ignacio Berenger who currently sits in third place overall.

With just three races completed out of a possible twelve, there is all to play for!

Miguel Angel Pani, the Event Organiser, full of enthusiasm and vibrancy, is proud of this venue: "flat water, loads of wind, a 5* destination with an international airport close by, the tourist infrastructure is first class . . . we couldn't ask for more.  The reason that windsurfing is growing in Cancun and the Yucatan peninsula is that it receives government funding and a lot of other support.  This location is also renowned for providing excellent conditions and infrastructure for international competition."

  SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Competitors from Aruba, Brasil, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the USA have been arriving in Cancun and training on the crystal turquoise Caribbean sea.  Registration closes at 12.00 noon today then the eagerly anticipated racing for Techno 293 and RS:X is scheduled to begin this afternoon.

There will be a maximum of 3 races per day, and a maximum of 12 races over the four 4 racing days.  Moderate breeze is forecast throughout the championship so a full racing schedule is anticipated.  The Classes race separately although the different divisions from the same class may race together. 

Stay tuned for more!!

Event website for results, videos, photos, news.

2014 North American Championships to make a welcome return to Mexico 

The 2014 North Americans for RS:X. RS:One and Techno 293 classes will be hosted in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, from 20th to 23rd February.

Organised by the Mexican Windsurfing Association, from Puerto Cancun Marina, this championship makes a welcome return to Mexico, where windsurfing has been developing steadily since the last visit in 2011.

The event has extra significance for the RS:X and T293 classes as it is a qualifier for nations in two major Games:

For further details check the Notice of Race / and - Enter on Line / Puerto Cancun Marina -

Check these images from Puerto Cancun Marina

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