IFCA SLALOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, HYERES, FRANCE – DAY 3
Day 3: Hubert Mokrzyki from Poland jumps on the top
+++ Hyeres (France), October 5th 2007.
On Day three of the IFCA Slalom World Championships the forecasts predicted
good wind only in the morning. So the skippers meeting was set as early as
7:30 with the first start at 8:00. So the organization and the competitors
arrived at the beach of Almanarre when it was still fully dark. But the
efforts paid off! Just as planned the competition could be started in
perfect slalom conditions. A total of 3 eliminations for the mens fleet and
even 7 Slaloms for the womens fleet were sailed today.
The Turkish Slalom Champion Bora Kozanoglu (TUR-11, Starboard, Neil Pryde)
was able to win the first final in front of Hubert Mokrzyki (POL-25, Tabou,
Gaastra) from Poland. The current IFCA Slalom Master Champion Markus
Pöltenstein (AUT-30, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) from Austria left a brilliant
impression also in the overall fleet an scored a third place with The
Italian Slalom Champion Andrea Cucchi (ITA-1, Starboard, POINT-7) and Pawel
Hlawati (POL-11, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from Poland on his heals.
In the second Slalom Alberto Menegatti (ITA-456, F2, North Sails) from Italy
managed to dominate. The French hotshot Florent Renard (FRA-5, JP, Neil
Pryde) scored another second place after his success from yesterday. Also
Michal Polanowski (POL-16, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from Poland was able to
confirm his excellent performance from the previous day with a third place
in front of the Britsh Slalom expert Dan Ellis (GBR-52, Fanatic, Naish
Sails) and Hubert Mokrzycki.
Another Slalom elimination was run in excellent conditions. And with Damien
Le Guen (FRA-86, JP, Neil Pryde) we got the fourth winner in the fourth
race. This proved the how tight the performance of the competitors of the
IFCA Class is at the moment. There are about fifteen riders at the event who
have the potential for a podium finish. Dan Ellis proved his consistent
performance with a second place in front of Bora Kozanoglu. Alberto
Menegatti and Antoine Questel (FRA-99, Tabou Gaastra) completed the top-5.
In the womens fleet Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA-444, Tabou, Loft Sails) continued
her domination. With seven bullets out of seven races and a total of 4,9
points she confirmed that she is unbeatable at the moment. The more
interesting is the fight for the other podium positions: Verena Fauster
(ITA-31, F2, Gaastra) presented a consistent performance and is second with
21,0 points. Marion Raisi (FRA-213, Exocet, Gaastra) is third with 28,2
points while Olivia Piana (FRA-51, Tabou, Neil Pryde) and Ophelie Joly
(FRA-64, Fanatic North Sails) have a head to head fight for the fifth
position with 30 points each.
After three days of competition and four Slalom eliminations completed
Hubert Mokrzyki is leading the IFCA Slalom World Championships due to his
consistent performance with 11,0 points. On the second place follows Bora
Kozanoglu from Turkey with 12,7 points. He can feal the breath of Dan Ellis
in his neck as the British Slalom expert is only 0,3 points behind with 13
points. The two Italians Alberto Menegatti (15,7 points) and Andrea Cucchi
(18,0 points) complete the top five.
For tomorrow the forecasts predict western wind in the afternoon. So
hopefully we will see more slalom action. The IFCA Slalom World
Championships in Hyeres will last until Sunday, October 7th.
The official website of the Euro-Cup series with more information is
www.euro-cup.org. The events are also covered on www.formulawindsurfing.org
and www.internationalwindsurfing.com. Besides the reports and the results
you will also find a live ticker on www.euro-cup.org.