The first day of the "Rollei Summer Opening presented by Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge" brought light wind with 7 to 14 knots. The race committee decided to use the marginal conditions for the discipline racing. Vincent Langer (GER-122, Starboard, Severne) from Germany nailed an impressive start-finish-victory and is leading the regatta after the first day. For the discipline slalom the conditions never materialized.
A total of 64 competitors from 14 nations is registered for the IFCA SLALOM World Championships 2013. But at windforce 3 it was today the time for the course racers to hit the water. The light wind conditions plus the three-round-course demanded a good condition and tactics from the competitors. The reigning German racing Champion Vincent Langer proved already after the first upwind leg that his preparations may score this year. He dominated the race and took the lead at the "Rollei Summer Opening presented by Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge". The second place went to Dirk Doppenberg (NED-51) from the Netherlands. Pieter Eliens (NED-538) was able to defend the third place against Fernando Martinez del Cerro Delgado (ESP-71). Fabian Mattes (GER-202, Tabou Gaastra) is the second German with his fifth place in front of Helge Wilkens (GER-63, Starboard, Severne). Florian Bandel (GER-11, Lorch) is seventh with Thade Behrends (GER-94) on his heals.
For tomorrow the forecast looks promising. with wind speeds up to 20 knots the slalom heroes may get the chance to hit the water and fight it out for the IFCA Slalom Championship. The Rollei Summer Opening presented by Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge continues until Sunday, May 12th. So stay tuned for more action!
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Pic: "No wind on day 1 of the Slalom World Championships 2013. Checking it out with german windsurf legend Bernd Flessner. Action coming tomorrow." Maciek Rutkowski