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Competition/2010/Slalom Euros

2010 Texel Slalom Grand Prix - IFCA European Championships

Texel, The Netherlands                          14-19 June 2010

An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event


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Julien Quentel is European Champion

On the final day, the stewards could not vouch for the safety of surfers and cancelled the last race. The waves were high and, with winds over 20 knots, "extreme" was an understatement!  Relief rather than disappointment that the final would not be run in these conditions!

The six elimination rounds run during the week, giving two discards, made for a good championship and Frenchman Julien Quentel takes the European Championship title. Fellow countryman, Pierre Mortefon, was second and Pole Wojtek Brozozowski took third. Dutchman Peter Volwater had to settle for fourth.

Program Saturday: Briefing at 11, start at 12.30  - Only the top 16 men will be on the water, wind forecast 25+ knots together with 4.5 meter waves!

The third day of the Slalom Championship was windy again. In the morning the wind shifted direction north, rose to over 20 knots and there was not a cloud in the sky.

Julien Quentel still holds overall first place but today's results ended up being his discards! Ben van der Steen, winner of round 3 the day before, started early, was disqualified and had to join the spectators on the beach to watch the round 4 final.  Pierre Mortefon (FRA 14) and Wojtek Brozozowski (POL 10) were today's round winners.

Friday is the last day for elimination rounds, and the sixteen best windsurfers will compete Saturday at the European Championship.

Overall Ranking after two days racing, three eliminations

1) Julien Quentel (FRA 421)
2) Nicolas Warembourg (FRA 531)
3) Mortefon Pierre (FRA 14)
4) Peter Volwater (NED 24)
5) Wojtek Brozozowski (POL10)

A beautiful windy day on Texel!

Julien Quentel (FRA 421) won the second elimination round to consolidate his claim for the Championship title.  The conditions were good yet the Frenchman still had waves to contend with which knocked back the speed.  Dutchman Peter Volwater (H24) was second and Pierre Mortefon from France third. 

Race Officer, Bruno de Wannemaeker was taking no chances and used the wind today. An average of twenty knots of wind from the northeast made for a spectacular third round.

Dutchman Ben van der Steen (NED57) won the third elimination round beating the Frenchman Julien Quentel into second place, followed by Israeli Arnon Dagan third. Van der Steen was glad that the day was over: "Today we had almost two elimation rounds which was heavy going. I have had many years improving my stuff and am used to the conditions of the North Sea. I have enough miles in the arms and legs but, for today, I'm all done!"

With this victory, Ben van der Steen climbed in the provisional rankings to sixth place.  Julien Quentel title contender remains top of the list.

IFCA Europeans - first results in!

11 European countries are represented at the IFCA Championships taking place in Texel, joined by young Ethan Aldert Westera from Aruba and Jesper Orth from Australia.  Day one saw the completion of one full slalom for all fleets and heats 1-8 sailed for the men in the second slalom round.  Tomorrow more wind is predicted for Texel!!


On Monday, June 14 registration and training begins. Exciting qualifying rounds will culminate on Saturday, June 19 with the final taking place right after the start of the Zwitserleven Round Texel.

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EC Slalom at the Texel Sailing Week

An event you should not miss!!!

The organisers of the Texel Sailing Week, which includes the ‘Round Texel’ race (since 1978 the biggest catamaran race in the world with about 500 competitors from all over the world) decided last year to upgrade the catamaran event to a high performance sailing event which they want to organise annually.

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The Notice of Race for the Texel Slalom Grand Prix has been amended to clarify the status of the European Championships.  European titles may also be awarded to Youth (under 20) and Masters (over 35 men; over 30 women) in both men's and women's fleets.  Masters men shall race together with the Men's fleet. Youth men shall race together with the Men's fleet, unless the youth men entry is 16 competitors or more. Women shall race separately from the men; all women's divisions shall race together.