Semana de Buenos Aires 2019, resultados finales.


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FINAL VENTOSO EN LA SEMANA DE BUENOS AIRES 2019

Hoy, lunes 14 de octubre, finalizó la edición 2019 de la Semana de Buenos Aires.
El clima estuvo caprichoso y fue un día con pocas pruebas para algunas clases. Hubo fuertes vientos del sudeste acompañados de mucha ola.

Los Optimist Timoneles salieron temprano y completaron una prueba. Más tarde partieron los Laser Standard y Radial quienes corrieron dos y una regata respectivamente.
El resto de las clases fueron anuladas y permanecieron en tierra.

“Vengo aquí porque es de los campeonatos de más nivel en Sudamérica” dijo Enrique Arathoon, representante olímpico de El Salvador, quien participó en Laser Standard. “Este año era selectivo olímpico para los argentinos entonces estaban todos muy preparados y me venía bien para prepararme para los Juegos el próximo año. El campeonato siempre es muy bueno y las condiciones casi siempre son de vientos fuerte y olas. El nivel de la gente es muy bueno, porque además son locales. Venir a jugar con la gente de casa es muy bueno”

Luego de las regatas se realizó la entrega de premios en la carpa. Tuvimos el honor de recibir a la Banda de Música de la Armada Argentina que nos deleitó con algunas marchas.
Además de los premios tradicionales se sorteó una vela de Garibaldi Sails, que partió para Brasil.

Gracias por habernos acompañado en este evento! Los esperamos el año que viene!

Resultados finales:

Optimist Principiantes: Salvador Iudica
Optimist Timoneles: Guido Van Avermaete.
420: Juan Ignacio Queirel y Juan Ignacio Regusci
29er :lgnacio Hermida y Maximiliano Kralj.
F18: Agustín Krevisky y Juan Martín Benitez.
J70: 707 de Ezequiel Despontin
Match 30 : Bandido de Hernán Mones Ruiz
Laser Standard : Julio Alsogaray
Laser Radial: Dolores Moreira
Moth: Franco Greggi
S33: XE de Fernando Landini
Finn: Martín Nash
Laser 4.7 y Copa Challenger Galicia Éminent: Stefano Caiafa

Pueden encontrar los resultados completos en este link 

Tuvimos 520 inscriptos repartidos en Optimist Timoneles, Optimist Principiantes, Match 30, F18, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Laser 4.7, J70, Moth, Grumete, S33 y Finn. Vienen de Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Francia, México, Paraguay, Perú, Trinidad Tobago y Uruguay.

Semana de Buenos Aires 2019, día 4.


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CUARTO DÍA DE REGATAS EN LA SEMANA DE BUENOS AIRES 2019

Luego de un día sin regatas por las condiciones climáticas, los navegantes volvieron con esperanzas renovadas para una nueva jornada de pruebas en el Río de la Plata.

Al principio del día soplaban aproximadamente 15 nudos del sudeste y con el correr de las horas el viento fue aumentando, acompañado de una ola interesante. Algunas clases tuvieron que regresar, pero la gran mayoría continuó disfrutando del sudeste. A las clases que corrieron el fin de semana pasado se sumaron Finn, S33 y Moth.

“Después de esperar un rato, pudimos salir a correr y tuvimos una regata sangrienta, fue muy divertido!” dijo Franco Greggi, quien ganó la única regata de Moth.

“Pensamos que no íbamos a poder correr , pero por suerte corrimos todas las regatas del día. Estuvo duro, pero la organización estuvo muy bien y fue todo rápido” dijo Agustín Krevisky quien después de diez regatas viene liderando en la clase F18.

Después de las regatas los navegantes fueron convocados para una charla de Yago Lange y Tati Besada, quienes propusieron el Desafío Unplastify de Clubes para reducir el uso del plástico y cuidar nuestras aguas. Pueden encontrar más información en este link

Luego con el hambre que generaron las regatas extremas del día, los participantes atacaron con gusto los sandwiches de pernil que había en la carpa.

Resultados parciales:

Optimist Principiantes: Salvador Iudica
Optimist Timoneles: Guido Van Avermaete.
420: Juan Ignacio Queirel y Juan Ignacio Regusci
29er :lgnacio Hermida y Maximiliano Kralj.
F18: Agustín Krevisky y Juan Martín Benitez.
J70: 707 de Ezequiel Despontin
Match 30 : Bandido de Hernán Mones Ruiz
Laser 4.7: Stefano Caiafa
Laser Standard : Julio Alsogaray
Laser Radial: Dolores Moreira
Moth: Franco Greggi
S33: XE de Fernando Landini
Finn: Martín Nash

Pueden encontrar los resultados completos en este link 

Mañana finaliza este gran evento y los esperamos en la premiación!

Tenemos 520 inscriptos repartidos en Optimist Timoneles, Optimist Principiantes, Match 30, F18, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Laser 4.7, J70, Moth, Grumete, S33. Vienen de Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Francia, México, Paraguay, Perú, Trinidad Tobago y Uruguay.

Quedense sintonizados para recibir todas las noticias importantes de este campeonatazo.

Semana de Buenos Aires 2019, día 1.

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¡EMPEZÓ LA FIESTA!

Hoy, 5 de octubre, comenzaron las regatas de la edición 2019 de la Semana de Buenos Aires, que se desarrolla en la Sede de Dársena Norte del Yacht Club Argentino. Este evento cuenta con el auspicio de Galicia Éminent, PSA, Arcor, Martecna, Galeno y Garibaldi Sails.

Tenemos 520 inscriptos repartidos en Optimist Timoneles, Optimist Principiantes, Match 30, F18, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Laser 4.7, J70, Moth, Grumete, S33. Vienen de Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Francia, México, Paraguay, Perú, Trinidad Tobago y Uruguay.

Este fin de semana participaron todos excepto S33, Waszp y Moth.

Después de la reunión de timoneles en la carpa partieron todos prolijamente al agua para un día interesante de regatas.

El viento dio sus vueltas, pero todas las clases pudieron completar sus pruebas.

En Optimist Principiantes viene ganando Simón Acosta y en Timoneles , Tomás Dupetit. Tomás Fitte y Felipe Cosentino vienen liderando en 29er y Camila Barletta y Lucía Miranda en 420. En la clase F18 vienen ganando Pablo Völker y Sergio Mehl y en Grumete el Bahía de Horacio Tettamanti.
En J70 lidera el Bebeto de José Ignacio Arrondo y en Match 30 el Bandido de Nicolás Cafaro. Ivana Frezza tiene el primer lugar de Laser 4.7, Francisco Renna el de Laser Standard y Dolores Moreira el de Laser Radial.

Pueden encontrar los resultados completos en este link 

Cada participante recibió su botella reutilizable para reducir el uso del plástico y las cargaron con agua fría en los dispensers provistos por PSA. ¡Entre todos vamos a cuidar a nuestro río!

Quedense sintonizados para recibir todas las noticias importantes de este campeonatazo.

2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships Torbole, resultados finales.



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Sunday, 29th September 2019
Friends win Medals on the final day of the RS:X World Championships

The final day of the 2019 RS:X World Championships being held in Torbole, Italy, looked to be heading out with a damp fizzle, but ended with a perfect finale for the medal races as the Ora finally decided to show up just before the time limit for the day.

With a full schedule planned for the morning, the 236 competitors and the race officials and volunteers turned up at the Circolo Surf Torbole in the dawn light as has been the norm this week. However the only difference this morning was that the normal northerly breeze had disappeared – Lake Garda was breathless in both its beauty as the sun rose but also in the amount of wind.

With a fixed times for the races, the waiting game began and as the morning ticked over into the afternoon, fleets started to be cancelled. First it was the silver men and women fleets who were cancelled, causing cheers from certain countries as their qualification was confirmed with the race abandonment. Then came the gold fleets turn – again cancelled as the whispers of wind that could be seen on the horizon refused to come towards Torbole. Again cheers went up as more countries found that their ticket to Tokyo had been booked.

For the medal race contenders, their was mixed emotions amongst the ten men and ten women. Race and have a chance of getting a medal or upgrading the medal. Don’t race and get to protect the medal that was already halfway around their necks. Would the wind fill in before the 1600 CET deadline?

It did. Slowly at first. But it built gradually and by 1500 CET, the women’s fleet were on the medal race course ready to race in a light 8-10 knot breeze. China’s Yunxiu Lu was relatively comfortable with her lead with the real battle between silver and bronze, between Lilian de Geus and Katy Spychakov. Just two points or one board separated reigning World and European champion de Geus and the relative new-comer Spychakov.

Russian Stefania Elfutina won the race and was followed by Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka in second and then Spychakov in third. Down the last reach to the finish line, Spychakov could be seen looking over her shoulder, trying to figure out where de Geus was. Fourth place crossed. Fifth place crossed with Lu. And then de Geus crossed in sixth place. Spychakov had done enough to elevate herself to silver and resign de Geus to bronze. Lu had done enough to keep her first place and is the 2019 RS:X World Champion.

Spychakov on her medal race experience, “I wasn’t too nervous before the race, I thought I would be more nervous but it was fun. I lost the youth world championship here in 2017 so this is a really good feeling for me. We have such a good group of three girls in Israel, we have been together since 1999 and we are such good friends and push each other all the way.”
With Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Finland, Mexico, Hungary and Turkey already having qualified this week, it was in the silver fleet for the women that the final two spots would be allocated. Without any races, it was the United States and Thailand who were worthy recipients of the final two spots for Tokyo 2020.

For the men’s medal race, the wind had increased slightly and again the battle would be to see whether reigning World champion (and double Olympic champion) could get the better of Frenchman Pierre le Coq and carry on the tradition of standing on the top two steps of the podium at major RS:X Class championships. The battle for silver and bronze was on!

With three laps in the race, van Rijsselberghe led the race off the start line and never really looked back. Van Rijsselberghe looks most comfortable at the front of the fleet and this was no exception as he incrementally extended his lead on each lap. Behind, eyes were on Pierre le Coq to see where he would round each mark. After the first lap he was in sixth place – silver was just out of his grasp but he was close and could make it up. At the end of the second lap he was just behind teammate Thomas Goyard – but when it comes to medal racing there is no such thing as “teammates” and Goyard was looking to place as high as possible himself and fought to keep le Coq behind him. At the end of the third lap, le Coq had dropped to seventh and van Rijsselberghe had done enough by winning to win the silver medal.

Badloe pretty much cruised his medal race, knowing he had a big buffer in terms of points to be able to relax and just sail fast, which he did and finished in fifth knowing he had the world title comfortably in the bag. Badloe and van Rijsselberghe were in the reverse positions at the 2018 World Championships and these two friends are happy to be on the podium together in any position – these two good friends like giving and taking with each other.

Badloe on the medal race, “No nerves today, there was just a bit more at stake today but I had to keep in mind that the points were super close and to keep on eye on everyone else. I just tried to put everyone else out of my mind and go fast. It’s a little different to last year with Dorian and I going differently to last year. It shows what we are doing works and we are having a solid program.”

The gold fleet of the RS:X had more countries than qualification spots and the fight for the 8 spots had been going on over the past two days of finals racing. With yesterday’s cancellation of racing, the final standings showed that the following countries had provisionally booked their tickets to Tokyo; Korea, Hong Kong, Belarus, Switzerland, Lithuania, United States, Cyprus and Czech Republic.

These World Championships were the final major event of the RS:X Class for 2019 with attention firmly now focused on Tokyo 2020 and all of the remaining qualification events where countries can get their tickets to Tokyo. The 2020 World Championships are in New Zealand in February, one of the last true barometers of performance for the sailors before heading to Japan.

Finally, the RS:X Class would like to thank everyone at the Circolo Surf Torbole, the volunteers, the officials and the supporters of the class that have made the 2019 RS:X World Championships so special for everyone involved. 2019 has seen such spectacular events for the class and all of the sailors deserve a well earned break before the battles begin again in the new year!

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2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships Torbole, día 4.




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Saturday, 28th September 2019

Fading winds frustrate at RS:X World Championships

The penultimate day of the 2019 RS:X World Championships fizzled out amongst expectations of strong winds that simply failed to show up to the party today. For the 236 competitors from 47 nations, this was the last chance before the medal races to set a marker down, to climb the scoreboard, to protect their position or just to make amends and prove a point from a poor start to the event.

Instead the day was another long slow wait for wind once the early morning breeze had died away. Some sailors went for an ice cream in some of Torboles excellent ice cream palours while others took the time to sunbathe on the grass at the Circolo Surf Torbole. Either way, waiting for wind is something sailors seem to excel at.

The women were the first in line to race today and, with another early start, were sent off to race in the northerly Peller breeze. Over the past few days it looked as though the world championship was following the “script” of Lilian De Geus from the Netherlands, who is looking to retain her title. And this was reinforced when De Geus went out to win the first race of the day and then take second place in the next. All the time, her medal contenders were scoring some big results and taking little falls down the leaderboard. Giorgia Speciale scored a 35th in the second race of the day and tumbled down the leader board to sit 5th overall having started the day in 2nd.

However China’s Yunxiu Lu hadn’t read the script and won the last race of the day. This combined with De Geus ending the day with a 23rd place, sees these two sailors swap places with De Geus having to surrender her leaders bid to Lu. Not only did De Geus have to hand over the lead, she also handed over a six point advantage to Lu going into tomorrows double points Medal Race. This means that De Geus has to have at least four boards between herself and Lu as they finish the medal race tomorrow.

Another winner from yesterday’s racing was Katy Spychakov from Israel who is in third place having scored 13, 5, 4 and is just two points behind De Geus. Spychakov also has more than one hand on the Under 21 trophy too, but without doubt her mind will be on the potential of a world championship medal and will be aiming to beat De Geus to silver.

Another medal race participant is Stefania Elfutina from Russia who is in seventh place overall and whilst out of the medals, has been pleased with her progress this week in such a big fleet. Elfutina on this week, “Yesterday was nice to wake up early, I was feeling really good this morning when I woke up at six o’clock. I was sure it was going to be a good day for me. The starts here are totally different to the Test event, if you don’t do a good start it is like sailing behind a wall. I think Torbole is the only place where we can hold a competition of this size and it is insanely beautiful. My target is for top eight in the medal race tomorrow for me to qualify for Russia to go to Tokyo”.

The battle for the final remaining two qualification spots has also been raging away in the silver fleet of the women. Farrah Hall from the United States and Siripon Kaewduang-Hgam from Thailand currently occupy the front two seats for qualification but are being chased by Veerle Ten Have from New Zealand and Gelly Skaraltou from Greece. The points in this battle are extremely close and with a fleet of 53 boats, it will be easy to pick up a big score tomorrow and scupper any chances of country qualification. With only one race for the silver fleet tomorrow, it is like a second medal race for those countries.

The race committee decided that, instead of waiting till the afternoon for the southerly Ora to materialize having learnt yesterday that this is not a reliable wind in September, the men’s fleets were going to be sent out immediately and were off to race in the remains of the mornings northerly wind.

In a light 6-8 knots, it was Piotr Myszka from Poland who powered his way around the course to take the race win. However Myszka was followed closely by the dynamic Dutch duo of Van Rijsselberghe and Badloe who came in second and third respectively. Frenchman Pierre Le Coq, who led the qualifying series, came home in sixth place and sat in second overall.

Where the first race was held in a light breeze, the wind was dropping and becoming more erratic and unstable. Despite several attempts to start a race, it became futile and the fleet were sent to shore to wait in hope for the southerly Ora to materialize. At 1730 CET, time ran out and the race committee signaled no more racing. For some sailors this signaled relief in that their position was safe going into the final day – for others it signaled disappointment at not getting the chance to try and move up the leader board.

At the end of the day it is Kieran Badloe who goes into the medal race with a five point buffer over Le Coq who in turn holds a ten point buffer over Van Rijsselberghe in third place. An outside chance of a medal is veteran Byron Kokkalanis from Greece who is twelve points behind Van Rijsselberghe. It is these four sailors who have the opportunity of a medal today and the racing will be thrilling to watch.

In the qualification battle, Korea’s Wonwoo Cho has secured his country a place in Tokyo by way of his participation in the medal race. Further down the field Hong Kong, Switzerland, Belarus and Lithuania look safe in their qualification. That leaves a further three spots open and the final gold fleet race will determine which countries fill those spots. In the running are the United States, Russia, Turkey, Mexico and the Czech Republic.

The first races are scheduled to take place from 0800 CET and are able to be followed via tracking on the RS:X event website.

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2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships Torbole, día 3.

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Friday, 27th September 2019

Pack shuffled as Lake Garda plays Joker

The 2019 RS:X World Championships being held in Torbole, Italy, rolled into the third day with a fair amount of optimism from the 236 sailors from 47 nations. Optimism for another day of shifty northerly Peller wind in the morning followed by an afternoon of pumping southerly Ora wind in the afternoon. Optimism that even the early morning starts were seeming to become normal for the fleets that were unlucky enough to get called out to the race course in the dawn light.

However, Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains decided to throw another curve ball into the mix, a curve ball which even managed to stump the experienced local race committee volunteers. So as the first day of gold fleet racing was getting setup, the optimism continued but without knowing what was waiting around the corner.

The men’s fleet were up first this morning with an 0830 start under the normal northerly Peller wind, which was blowing at a consistent 14-16 knots. Without much fuss, except for the single general recall, the race committee seemed to chew through the three races for the men’s gold fleet and silver fleet.

Without much fuss until scrutiny is applied to the results that is. Race one saw the blue jersey of Kiran Badloe (NED) and red jersey of Piotr Myszka (POL) no where to be seen at the finish line as the fleet started to roll in. In third place was Frenchman Pierre Le Coq, scoring another top three finish – his fifth out of the seven races at that time. Myszka crossed deep in the pack in 24th place and Badloe a hugely uncharacteristic 34th place. Would this be the day that a shuffle could be on the cards for the fleet?

With race two, it seemed as though the Dutch duo of Badloe and Dorian Van Rijsselberghe had lit their afterburners. Van Rijsselberghe took the win in the second race with Badloe in second before swapping for the third and final race of the day. This was enough to squeeze Badloe into the overall lead overnight, a tiny two point buffer over Le Coq in second place. Van Rijsselberghe has pulled himself up to third overall but still has work to do if he is to retain his world champion title on Saturday – Van Rijsselberghe is 16 points behind Badloe and has one day left to close this gap.

The casualties of the day included Myszka who slipped from third to sixth and Tom Squires (GBR) who fell down to eleventh having started the day in the top five. Thomas Goyard (FRA) is in fifth and commented on the day, “We had some strong winds today – about 15-20 knots maybe. I did pretty ok, I guess I could do better but everyone is making mistakes. Everything is in play for tomorrow for the medal race. I like both north wind because its nice and tricky but also the south wind because its blasting at full power and the scenery here is amazing too.”

Goyard came third to Van Rijsselberghe and Badloe at the RS:X Europeans in Palma earlier in the year. On how to beat the Dutchmen, “They are tough to beat, Kieran had a back injury at the test event in Enoshima and Dorian had an arm injury so they are really really good and I am impressed with both of them. We have one more day to go and I am confident – they are touchable but I will have to work hard.”

The women were scheduled to start at 1400 CET, a delay to allow the predicted southerly Ora to develop before racing would commence. And this is where the curve ball came in. The Ora seemed to have been told different instructions and the gentle southerly breeze which over the past two days has developed into the Ora, puffed and panted gently over the lake but never fully stabilized.

Finally at 1600 the women were released into a light and patchy 5 knot breeze – not quite what they were expecting at all. Finally at 1740 the women’s gold fleet finally did get away, the sun had long set behind the mountains and where the racing had started at dawn, it would finish at dusk. The wind was patchy and light still but was stable enough to produce a fair race.

It was Ingrid Puusta (EST) who managed to get herself to the top mark first and continued to lead around the course. Looking back through the fleet, overnight leader Lilian de Geus (NED) was buried deep in the pack but working hard to make up places. Chasing Puusta was Katy Spychakov (ISR) and Piena Chen (CHN). Italian sailor Giorgia Speciale was in fourth and looking to move herself up the leader board.

Puusta managed to hold on for a convincing win with Spychakov in second and Chen in third. Overall De Geus retains her lead despite finishing 20th in the race. Giorgia Speciale moves up to second overall with Spychakov in third. Speciale and Spychakov are also 1st and 2nd respectively in the Under 21 fleet and they have a firm grip on the gold and silver medals in this category at the moment. Is this the time for the Under 21’s to show the seniors who are the new kids on the block?
Puusta on her win today, “Today couldn’t of gone any better for me. I got my first win in a world championships so I am really happy. I had a tough day yesterday so this boosts me up the rankings by seven places. I am still the only female RS:X windsurfer in Estonia but we have lots of windsurfing classes in Estonia and I am hoping more youngsters will take up windsurfing in Estonia.”

Racing enters its penultimate day on Friday with three races scheduled for both the men and women. The women’s fleet are up first with a scheduled start time of 0800 CET and the men’s fleet are scheduled for 1030 CET. Racing can be tracked live online via the RS:X website. Racing will focus on the top ten getting into the medal race but we will also know more about the battles for Olympic qualification.

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2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships Torbole, día 2.

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Wednesday, 25th September 2019

The right side of the track at RS:X World Championships

Day 2 of the 2019 RS:X World Championships being held in Torbole, Italy, saw the all important split of the fleets as the racing moved from qualifying series into the final series of racing. For many of the 236 competitors from 47 nations, today was going to be a day where dreams could be made or broken. The day to put your body on the line to make sure you ended up on the right side of the split, in the right fleet, on the right side of the track.

Why was this important? Because with 8 countries in the men’s fleet seeking Olympic qualification and 9 countries in the women’s fleet, today could be the day where you could secure your country a spot at the biggest party of the four year cycle – the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

It was the turn of the women’s fleet to get out of bed early with an 0815 scheduled start this morning. However the forecast for the day was for unpredictable, unstable winds which led the race committee to be cautious in their planning for the racing. Two races for the women followed promptly by two races for the men, hoping to get these in whilst the northerly wind lasted.

The northerly breeze was in good form with a shifty 12-15 knots on the race course for full planning conditions. As you would expect from such a mountainous venue, as the wind started to drop it created big holes and big shifts, making for some very tactical racing in the big fleets where places could be won and lost in the blink of an eye. These four races were rattled off before the wind started to fade towards the end of the last men’s fleet race.

Then the waiting began. And the waiting carried on through lunch as Lake Garda looked flatter and flatter before the whispers of the southerly breeze came in. Within 30 minutes a solid ten knots had built and the race committee scrambled to the water to get the final women’s race and final men’s race in for the day. By the time the women had left the beach it was a solid 15knots with gusts of 18 knots – perfect windsurfing conditions to show the RS:X at maximum performance.

At the end of the qualifying series, it is reigning world champion Lilian De Geus from the Netherlands who had the best day scoring 2, 1, 7 and leads overall with 19 points overall. China’s Yunxiu Lu also had a solid day scoring 4, 3, 4 to move up into second place overall. Third place overall is held by overnight leader Marta Maggetti from Italy.

De Geus talked about the racing today, “It was a fun day with some really good conditions on the water. I was happy with my day and it was fun racing against the girls. I had some bad starts today and I need to get used to this big fleet racing and I have been trying to catch up most of the races. But its fun racing with so many girls.”

De Geus learnt to windsurf in Torbole with her family as a 12 year old, “I really like this place so I was looking forward to coming back here with lots of history. As I am sailing around I am thinking about all of the time I sailed here with my brothers and sisters so its really nice venue for me.”

Further down the fleet, the key number in the women’s fleet was 53. This is the position of the last female sailor that could get into gold fleet. That honour went to Megumi Komine of Japan, with New Zealander Veerle Ten Have agonisingly on the other side of the tracks in 54th place and in silver fleet. Ten Have however will be comforted that she is in pole position at the top of the silver fleet and in the best place to defend he claim to one of the two remaining qualification spots open for the women at this event.

Peruvian sailor Maria-Belen Bazo ended the day in 18th place overall and is provisionally qualified for Tokyo 2020 as there are seven nations in gold fleet, meaning that Bazo cannot lose her place. Bazo on todays performance, “It was a really long day, I woke up at 6.00am to race in the strong Peller wind before waiting around for another race in the strong Ora wind in the afternoon, I had good results so I am really happy. I will be the first Peruvian to go to the Olympics in windsurfing which will be amazing. My father is a surfer and in my club there was no surfing so I picked windsurfing as it was the most similar.”

The nations that have provisionally qualified for Tokyo 2020 are; Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Finland, Mexico, Hungry and Turkey.
For the men, it is Pierre le Coq from France who has retained the lead positon going into gold fleet scoring an impressive 1, 1, 2 from the day. Dutchman Kiran Badloe scored an improving 4, 2, 1 to sit comfortably in second place, just two points behind Le Coq. The battle for third place overall is led by Poland’s Piotr Myszka with Tom Squires (Great Britain), Kun Bi (China) and Byron Kokkalanis (Greece) all very close on overall points.

Le Coq on todays racing, “The racing was very exciting, we did two races with the north wind which was really hard and very tactical but I had a really good results winning both races. Then we had the typical south wind this afternoon where I came second so a very good day for me. Windsurfing in Torbole is paradise with perfect conditions and amazing scenery.”

Le Coq is one of a trio of Frenchmen who have won a number of different RS:X titles over the past couple of years with Thomas Goyard and Louis Giard pushing Le Coq for the place in Tokyo representing France.

Le Coq, “The qualification for us will be very hard and tough. This starts next year with the RS:X Worlds in Auckland and its good we can push each other lots.”

The Olympic qualification battles for the men are far from clear cut when compared to the women. There are 13 different nations in the gold fleet – but they are all after 8 qualification spots so the fight continues. The countries who could qualify are; Korea, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Belarus, Lithuania, Cyprus, United States, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Czech Republic, Mexico and Malta.

Jouzas Bernotas from Lithuania is in 26th overall and is the fifth nation in order of ranking of countries looking to qualify. Bernotas on todays racing, “I really enjoyed it, it was windy which I like so it was a good couple of days for me. I will just keep trying my best each day and hope I can do good enough to qualify for Tokyo.”

With the fleets split into gold and silver, racing on Thursday and Friday will move into the finals series. The racing will be as intense but for certain sailors and countries, the next two days will have an extra edge of urgency to them. Towards the top, it will be the scramble to get into the medal race for Saturday. For others it will be about making sure they are high enough up the leader board to get their country and maybe themselves to Tokyo.

Racing for the men is scheduled from 0830 CET and for the women not before 1400 CET. Racing can be followed on live tracking which cane be accessed from the RS:X World Championship website.

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2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships Torbole, día 1.




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2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships
22-28 September, Torbole, Italy

Lake Garda Serves Up a Game of Two Halves

Day 1 of the 2019 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships in Torbole, Italy dawned – quite literally – upon the 236 competitors who were eager to start their championship campaigns this morning. It was a day full of comparisons; good versus bad, left versus right, up versus down and in the end, north versus south. Lake Garda and Torbole served up a traditional local dish which the club race committee had already predicted yesterday and shuffled the schedule to accommodate the winds for today.

What many didn’t appreciate was that to make the most of the mornings early northerly wind, it would mean an 0800 start. What that meant in reality was that sailors were shuffling into the Circolo Surf Torbole at 0630 like zombies this morning rather than honed athletes hungry to win a world title.

However, what waited on the lake was every bit worth the early start as the men’s fleet arrived at the race-course to find a consistent 16-20 knots from the north and some of the best opening conditions to a championship the class have experienced for some time, even if a little chilly at 0800 in the morning.

Making the most of the conditions was Pierre Le Coq from France who took the race win in the opening race of the day and then followed this up with a 4th and a 5th and sits two points ahead of Dutchman Kiran Badloe who is a further two points ahead of Britain’s Tom Squires. China’s Kun Bi is in fourth just one point back from third placed Squires and it is these top four sailors that sailed the most consistently and didn’t score results outside of the top ten.

Squires, “I had a pretty fun day today actually. It was breezy this morning, I was rigging up in the dark but we got the best of the breeze which made it worth it. These world championships are super important and statistically doing well here puts you in good stead for the Olympics next year. The fleet is huge this year which makes the racing super tight and a little crazy but I’m loving the challenge.”

Byron Kokkalanis from Greece sits in 9th place overall and had two good results before a little mishap in the 2nd race, ending the day with 3, 21, 2. Kokkalanis on the racing today, “It was a good day for me. Conditions were very nice, pretty shifty and gusty but very nice. It is very hard to have a good start with so many guys on the start line. Experience definitely helps with such big starts so I am happy to have this experience. I don’t like early mornings but this morning was crazy, rigging in the dark. After 20 years with the RS:X, this is definitely the earliest I have ever raced. I am looking forward to a lie in tomorrow.”

Double Olympic medallist, Dorian van Rijsselberghe sits down in an uncharacteristic 13th overall having scored 3, 29, 3 from todays races. However, van Rijsselberghe will shoot up the leader board when he drops his 29th place tomorrow – the rest of the fleet knowing you can never write off the Dutchman when the big moments come around.

Of the countries looking for Olympic qualification, at this stage, the top three countries in the running are Hong Kong, United States and Korea. A solid first day does no harm, and the leading sailors from these countries will be looking to keep up the pressure on the other nations such as Belarus, Switzerland and Lithuania.

For the women, just as they were preparing to launch the race committee started to lose faith in the northerly breeze and decided to wait ashore for the southerly breeze to develop. As the day warmed up (it was only 1000 when the men came back ashore in time for breakfast…), the southerly wind started to develop and by 1430, the women were afloat and heading to the race-course in a light but building breeze.

And it was very much worth the wait. Conditions for the third and final race of day 1 was in full planning conditions as the Ora wind from the south kicked in. Italian Marta Maggetti is in pole position after day 1 and leads with 13 points overall after posting 1, 10, 2 for the day. There are three girls behind her tied on 16 points in the shape of Emma Wilson (Great Britain), Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (Poland) and Maya Morris (Israel) with another five points going back to Saskia Sills in ninth place overall on 21 points overall. This is a very competitive fleet.

Emma Wilson, “We had three races in a building wind. I had two really good starts and the third one not so much. You have to keep going around people because there are so many people, but that’s really cool having so many girls out here. You have to be a bit more conservative in the big fleet and avoid getting people between you. I am not a morning person at all, I have started drinking coffee this week!!”

Katy Spychakov sits in seventh overall and commented on today’s racing, “Today was a little bit tricky, we were waiting for the Ora wind and when it arrived it was shifting and it was hard to see what was coming. The first two races I made some good decisions but the Ora properly kicked in and I didn’t have such a good race in the last race and I fell in. Its so much harder in such a big fleet, I was racing in Japan in a small fleet of 23 girls so it’s very different racing. In Japan you can chose your spot on the line and plan a bit more, here you can have girls around you very quickly. I used to do triathlon as a child so I am used to getting up really early so am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Brazil, Finland and Hong Kong all made strong bids for Olympic qualification today with Peruvian sailor Maria-Belen Bazo also showing strongly on the first day to sit in 17th overall. Wednesday is the last day of qualifying series racing when the fleets will be split into Gold and Silver fleets – getting into Gold fleet may guarantee qualification if rival countries are stuck in Silver fleet. The first countries could be announced tomorrow.

There are another three races scheduled for Wednesday, with all sailors being required to carry trackers so that the racing can be followed online via the RS:X Class website.

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