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JYM Slalom Worlds, Hyeres - The Wind Blows!
Posted On:  14/04/2010 19:55:19
A quiet start but the west wind rises slowly.  Although still a bit tight, the race committee is already on the water setting a slalom course in anticipation of a strengthening of the wind that is currently between 8 and 10 knots. On the beach, a sense of optimism as everyone prepares their equipment . . .

Soon after midday the course was in place with a finish on the beach for the show and a steady 15 knots!  Great conditions meant the day finished with another two completed rounds for juniors, youths and masters and the girls managed another three.

After seven completed rounds with two discards, three French girls sit at the top of the leaderboard. Alice Arutkin is first with straight wins, next is Olivia Piana with two bullets and three second places and Marie Airault is third.

Dane Christian Jestesen also looks untouchable in the junior fleet. With three straight wins out of four rounds he too has a perfect score at the top. French Thibault Bernard and German Jon-Hendrik Frey both have 7 points but Thibault has the better discard.

In the Youth fleet each round has been won by a different player - Jordy Vonk from the Netherlands took the first, Swiss Fabien Schenk the second, French Benoit Jacquier the third and Polish Maciek Rutkowski the fourth! Despite not actually winning a round, French William Alikiagalelei has the most consistent performance and deservedly heads the leaderboard.

Marco Begalli from Italy heading the masters fleet has only won one round whilst Markus Poltenstein from Austria in second place has won two. However, a fifth placing puts him behind in second place. Winner of the first round, Pierre Moretti from France, is only a whisker behind in third place.

Just one Championship day left!


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