"The wind's gone mad and keeps shifting, the AP flag is up once again, the course is being re-arranged and masters heat 1 will restart" ... IFCA President Bruno said, "Never seen the wind so shifty and gusty in Alacati Bay . . . hope it gets better soon". Conditions remained tricky, gusting up to 25 knots, but finally the first heat was running and conditions were perfect!
Everyone was hyped up and ready! One round was completed for all fleets. Full speed battles, ocs's and crashes made for spectacular racing in the strong winds. It was a great final for the masters, with a win for Rosati whilst Ertugrul came from the back to second position... A lot of tension in the youth fleet meant general recalls in the final.
Great battles at the first mark in the juniors final, but Jurgen Sargoza from the Netherland Antilles was uncatchable and won the final today. We now have three competitors on equal points at the top of the Junior Fleet all with a first and second to count: Jurgen Saragoza and Aron Etmon from Curacao share the first position, Coen Swijnenburg from the Netherlands is third. There is some serious competition going on in this fleet!
In the Masters Fleet, Ertugrul Icingir (TUR-1) is at the top of the leaderboard with two firsts to count and Andrea Rosati now sits in second position after his great performance today with a first and a second. Vying for third place are Turks Erkan Morgan and Ali Sinan Gerzile on 6 points apiece.
Simon Jacquier from France is pleased to discard yesterday's 8th and tops the Youth Fleet with a first and second. Today's round winner, fellow countryman Baptiste Gallice, is now in second with Can Gov (TUR-194) in third.
Master Incingir Ertugrul (TUR-1) had this to say: "The event is very nice and we are lucky with winds. The are some good guys out there like the Italian Andrea Rosati, some from France, and my fellow Turkish sailors.
"I had fun since the first day and hope it will continue, also do I look forward to a good week and really hope the wind will stay. I found it useful to race on such an event as I get some good training for this season. I would like to thank everyone in the organization who made this event possible."
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Cagla Kubat Windsurf Academy, a beautiful location with a perfect event set up and an amazing view over the bay of Alacati. Close to 100 competitors from as far afield as Aruba and Curacao have joined European competitors to register and prepare all their sails and boards for the official start of the 2013 IFCA Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships.
Naturally the Turks have turned up in force to support their "local event". Two young competitors to watch are 15 year old Ethan Westera from Aruba, Junior Champion 2012, who gained 1st youth with an impressive 9th overall at the recent IFCA Slalom Worlds in Germany; and 19 year old Christian Justesen from Denmark, first youth and 10th overall at the Worlds.
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