The day started off  nice and easy with clear blue skies, a light breeze increased slowly by the hour.  After lunch time thermal winds blew from 11 to 14 knots and the competition could finally begin.  The Youths and Junior eliminations were scheduled first followed by the Masters. [more]

Youths High Lights:
Dutch kid Coen Swijnenburg and local boy Marc Pare showed great skills and are definately the ones to keep an eye on in the next coming days. The Former IFCA Slalom Youth World Champion Poyras Akay from Turkey fought hard even with a few bad starts he still won a few heats and always made it up to the Gold Fleet. French talent Nicolas Goyard had the most consistent performance throughout the day with great starts and great board speed.

Masters high lights:
Spanish Slalom Champion Fernando Martinez showed great light wind skills and was never far behind. Italian Master Robert Hofmann kept it safe and smooth.  Bora Kozanoglu from Turkey is one of the strongest masters out there, not his type of conditions but still managed to perform with great board speed.  Former IFCA Slalom Masters World Champion Andrea Rosati from Italy performed with great comfort: despite his bad starts one could still see him passing others at ease on the race course.

Nicolas Goyard FRA-465: “My good starts helped me a lot on this difficult competition day in the light conditions.  My equipment set up: 8.6 Loft Sails Racing Blade on a RRD X-fire 122.  I am very happy with my results and hope we get more windy days.”

Poyraz Akay TUR-1011:
“My day went ok I guess, conditions were light and difficult. I wish I could have done better starts, the French sailor Nicolas Goyard FRA-465 definitely had some good starts. My equipment set up: 8.6 Point 7 AC 1 on my Starboard Isonic 133.  I am happy with my results but I know I can do much better.”

Nik van den Eerenbeemt ARU-9: “I am actually not used to such light conditions, I enjoy stronger winds more. The French Sailor Nicolas Goyard FRA-465 did very well today. My equipment set up was maybe not the best: 8.6 Loft Sails Racing Blade on my Starboard Isonic 107.  In the end I am happy with my result as some of the others out there did gave me a hard time in those conditions.”

Andrea Rosati ITA-0:
  “I won all heats until the final that got cancelled.  It was not easy as the conditions were very light and tricky and it was all about good starts today especially with the short legs which made it even more difficult to overtake the other competitors.  Bora probably had most of the good starts today.
My equipment set up: 9.5 Neil Pryde EVO 6 on my RRD X-Fire 122 and a 45cm fin.  I have had a few bad starts but felt comfortable with my speed.”

A busy day for the competitors and the water crew here on the 3rd competition day with a few cancellations and 3 or so protests we managed to complete 2 full rounds for Youths and Juniors while the Masters still have to sail the Gold and the Silver Fleet of the second elimination.

Day 3 top 5 results Youths&Juniors:

1 FRA 465 / Nicolas Goyard

2 TUR 1011 / Poyraz Akay

3 ARU 9 / Nik vd Eerenbeert

4 SLO 9 / Jan Kosmina
5 ESP 334 / Marc Pare Rico

Full results: HERE

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